The U.S. Marshal’s office in Savannah joined in the search Friday for a Bryan County man police describe as “armed and dangerous” after he allegedly attacked a Pembroke resident with a butcher’s knife and later stole a car from an Ellabell woman.
Henry Gaines, 26, faces aggravated assault charges for the Jan. 26 stabbing of Rodney Mutcherson, 21. The stabbing occurred as a result of an argument over a basketball game at the courts near McFadden Street in Pembroke, according to Pembroke Police Department Inspector Kelly Price.
Mutcherson, a 2010 graduate of Bryan County High School who is entering the military, reportedly needed nearly 100 stitches to close his wounds and may need surgery, Price said.
Mutcherson was reportedly standing up for his younger brother when the attack occurred.
Gaines, meanwhile, left in a dark-colored vehicle and was able to elude authorities from a number of agencies.
Thursday morning, Gaines reportedly drove away with a silver 1994 Toyota Celica from a Garland Street address.
The car was running after the owner started the engine to let the car warm up while she went back inside her home, according to an incident report from the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department.
In addition to Pembroke police and BCSD, law enforcement officers from the Georgia State Patrol, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department, Evans County Sheriff’s Department and Claxton Police have helped in the search for Gaines.
“We definitely want this guy off the street,” said Price. “(Pembroke Police) Chief (Stacy) Strickland is adamant that he wants closure on this.”
Anyone with information concerning Gaines is asked to call Price at 658-7829 or Crime Stoppers.