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Sugar Grove man enters plea in city knife attack case

A Sugar Grove man has dodged the most serious charges stemming from a September 2020 knife attack.

Kurtis A. Groves, 30, entered guilty pleas to two dockets during change of plea proceedings held late last week at the Warren County Courthouse.

City of Warren Police said Groves was involved in a dispute involving three people last September at 215 Fourth Ave., Warren. According to the affidavit of probable cause, “during an argument, Groves became enraged and pulled a large knife from his boot. He then rushed the victims.”

When police arrived, they spoke with a victim who had a “laceration that was actively bleeding on his arm,” according to the affidavit.

Officers spoke with Groves, who waived his rights, according to the affidavit.

“Groves stated that, during an argument, he pulled a large, fixed-blade knife out of his boot” and rushed at the two alleged victims, according to the affidavit. They fell to the floor “where they were able to successfully take the knife from him.”

“During the … struggle, victim one received a laceration to his forearm and victim two had a small cut on his hand,” police said. “Groves also stated that he was under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine at the time.”

Records from the District Attorney’s office indicate he pleaded guilty to simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, both misdemeanors, in connection with that incident. Charges including two counts of aggravated assault — both first-degree felonies — and additional simple assault and recklessly endangering another person charges were withdrawn in exchange for the plea.

He also pleaded guilty to a sole count of disorderly conduct at a second docket stemming from 20 minutes of continuous screaming coupled with a failure to stop when police said he’d be charged if he didn’t.

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