SAND BOTTOM – A Magoffin County man is currently on the run from police after allegedly assaulting his stepfather and then stealing the family’s car on Friday.
On Monday, October 8, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Detective Neil Adams filed for a warrant of arrest on Jonathan H. Garland, 32 years old, of Salyersville, charging him with theft of a motor vehicle and second-degree assault.
According to law enforcement, the two were in a verbal argument on Friday when Garland pulled out a knife. Garland allegedly hit his stepdad in the head, stabbed him when he raised his hands up, then punched him multiple times.
Garland then stole the vehicle parked at the house and fled the scene.
The family found the vehicle abandoned on Big Caney Road on Monday.
The man was taken to the hospital for his injuries and has since been released.
According to reports from the family, he also threatened to burn down another family member’s home, which does have children living there.
At press time, there is still an active warrant for Garland’s arrest. Anyone with knowledge regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Magoffin County Sheriff Department at 606-349-2914 or by calling 911.
This is not Garland’s first run-in with the law, having been housed at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center 23 times since 2006, most recently being released on September 9. Of those arrests, he’s been charged with assault approximately five times.
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