Brotherly love? Man needs 200 stitches after fight with sibling
Derrick Lovaasen (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)
PRESCOTT, AZ (CBS5) -
A Yavapai County man is in jail after a fight landed his two brothers in the hospital, one needing 200 stitches and the other requiring nearly 50 stitches, sheriff's deputies said.
Law enforcement authorities said the suspect's weapons included a shotgun, a razor knife, a butterfly-style knife and a nearly full 40-ounce beer bottle.
Derrick Lovaasen, 23, was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges of aggravated domestic violence, aggravated assault and a weapons offense. He was later released on a $2,500 bond.
Lovaasen and his two brothers, ages 30 and 21, were in Beaver Creek on a Forest Service road near the campground in the afternoon of Aug. 11. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said all of them had been drinking.
Sheriff's investigators said Lovaasen threatened his older brother with a shotgun. The older brother was able to grab it and hand it off to his younger brother, who hid it in some bushes, YCSO said.
At that point, Lovaasen produced the two knives and began stabbing his older brother multiple times, inflicting injuries to his right wrist, lower back, right foot, along with his chest and shoulder area, sheriff's deputies said.
YCSO said Lovaasen picked up another weapon, a nearly full 40-ounce beer bottle, and smashed it against his older brother's head. As the bottle broke, Lovaasen still had the bottle's neck in his hand. When his younger brother tried to intervene, Lovaasen used it to cut his younger sibling's left shoulder, deputies said.
The fight eventually broke up and Lovaasen left, taking his shotgun.
The victims said they discovered the right front tire on their truck had been cut, making the truck useless and thwarting any immediate medical care.
Another person took the two injured brothers to the Lake Montezuma Fire Station for initial care. They both ended up at Verde Valley Medical Center.
Neither of the victims could explain to deputies a motive for Lovaasen's behavior. Sheriff's investigators said both of them initially denied that Lovaasen had attacked them, claiming the injuries were from falls.
Lovaasen was later arrested at his Rimrock home.
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