Eric Troxell

Eric Troxell

ANDERSON — The Madison County Prosecutor’s Office has been given 72 hours to file formal charges against an Anderson man in connection with a Saturday stabbing.

Eric B. Troxell, 29, 1600 block of Ohio Avenue, was detained in the Madison County Jail on preliminary charges of Level 3 aggravated battery and criminal confinement; Level 5 charge of intimidation; and Level 6 felony charges of battery with moderate bodily injury and possession of methamphetamine.

Troxell is being held on a $20,000 full cash bond.

“I really don’t remember what happened,” Troxell told Criminal Magistrate Kevin Eads on Monday during his initial court appearance. “I need some mental health help.”

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Anderson Police Department Officer Eric Holtzleiter, Troxell reportedly stabbed Tyrice Spencer with a sword at 12:37 p.m. in the 1800 block of Meridian Street.

Spencer was stabbed in the upper left leg area and was transported by helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis in critical condition for excessive blood loss.

The incident reportedly started when Troxell threatened to kill his girlfriend and confined her in an apartment while holding a knife and a sword with a foot-long blade.

The woman told police that Troxell kicked her in the back of the head, punched her in the mouth and poked her in the leg with the knife.

She convinced Troxell to take a walk; once they were outside she ran off and talked to five people outside the apartment.

Spencer stepped in between Troxell and the woman and was stabbed in the leg. According to the court document, Spencer got Troxell on the ground and someone else grabbed the knife when police arrived.

Troxell told police he had gotten some drugs and after returning to the apartment he had to grab her.

He said the knife was for his protection and that his girlfriend set up the people waiting outside the apartment.

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Senior Reporter covering Anderson and Madison County government, politics and auto racing for The Herald Bulletin. Has been working as a journalist in central Indiana since 1977.

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