HPD MAKES ARREST FOR 1st DEGREE ASSAULT
Shortly before 9pm last night, the Perry County 911 Center transferred a call to HPD from a resident on Combs Street. The caller stated that a man had showed up at the residence and appeared to be seriously injured. The injured man left the area prior to officers arrival.
Officers began patrolling the area and looking for the man to check his well-being. While searching for the injured man, Hazard ARH called HPD and reported that they had a patient in the emergency room who had been cut and stabbed and needed officers to investigate. Officers arrived at the ER and discovered that the victim had nine knife wounds to his body. Due to injuries and medical treatment being administered, the victim was not able to provide a detailed statement about who committed the assault.
Officers returned to Combs Street and began interviewing multiple residents in that area. Information from the interviews led officers to a residence on Combs Street where Charles Mannon Olinger had been visiting. As officers approached the residence, they noticed a strong odor of bleach and it was suspected that the sidewalk in front of the residence had been scrubbed clean. Officers learned that Olinger was no longer there, so officers went to his residence on Ward Street where Olinger came to the door. He was detained and transported to HPD for questioning.
Olinger did not admit to the assault, but based on his comments and witness statements, officers petitioned the court for, and was granted, a search warrant of Olingers residence. Upon execution of the search warrant, it was discovered that a load of clothes had just been washed in the washing machine. A hoodie in the washing machine had what appeared to be a bloodstain on the front of it. This evidence will be transport to the KSP Forensic Lab for examination.
Charles Mannon Olinger, age 55 of Hazard, was charged with Assault 1st Degree, a Class B Felony, and was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.
The case remains under investigation by Sergeant Zach Miller and Major James East.