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On 5/30/2016, Officers with the Hot Springs Police Department responded to the 100 Block of Manor Lane in reference to a reported stabbing.
Officers arrived on the scene and began providing first aid to a female who was bleeding profusely from a wound on the left side of her neck. The victim who was identified in a press release as Whitney Williams, 27, of Hot Springs, initially stated that she had been standing outside of her home with her husband who is identified as Fred Nichols, 30, of Hot Springs, when an unknown black male stabbed her and then fled the scene on foot. LifeNet arrived on the scene and transported Mrs. Williams to an area hospital. While at the hospital Mrs. Williams stated to Officer Hill that she was stabbed by her husband Fred Nichols and that he had used a large kitchen knife.
She was unable to give further information due to the nature of her injuries.
A witness in the 100 Block of Manor Lane at the time of the stabbing, stated that she had witnessed the incident from a “concealed location”. The witness stated that she heard two subjects arguing on the east side of the apartment complex. She stated she recognized the subjects arguing as Mrs. Williams and her husband Fred Nichols. While watching the two argue, the witness stated that she saw Mrs. Williams scream and fall to the ground. At that time the witness went to Mrs. Williams apartment to check on her. The witness stated that she saw Mrs. Williams laying on the couch bleeding and Mr. Nichols was standing over her. The witness stated that Mr. Nichols had a green handled knife in the waistband of his shorts, he allegedly stated “she tried to commit suicide, I’m going to tell her momma”. He then allegedly fled the scene.
Hot Springs Police Detective Cantrell made contact with medical staff at the hospital where Mrs. Williams was admitted. He was advised by caregivers that Mrs. Williams suffered severe damage from the injury.
An arrest warrant was issued for Mr. Nichols and the Hot Springs Police Department located him on 7/07/2016. He was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center.
He is charged with Domestic Battery in the 1st Degree.
His bond is set at $100,000.00.