Man accused of beating man with jack handle is captured

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

One of two suspects wanted for an assault with a jack handle in Knox County is behind bars.

Sheriff's deputies say a father and son, Edward and James Peters, beat another man nearly to death more than one week ago.

Police say James Peters hid from deputies for more than a week, but he was caught late Friday afternoon.

Deputies say on June 21st, he and his father, Edward Peters, severely beat another man.

Deputies say the victim, Link Owens suffered life threatening injuries. He was airlifted to a trauma center in Tennessee.

Investigators say the motive appears to be a love triangle. Investigators say Edward Peters' long time girlfriend was possibly seeing Owens now.

The alleged assault happened when Owens was in his truck at a home in Caleb's Creek.

"I guess they apparently seen him pull up, got out, and took a jack handle from the back of his truck and beat him with it," said Deputy Claude Hudson.

Deputies searched for the father and son ever since.

A tip on Friday led them to find James Peters at a home on Peyton Lane.

"The door was standing wide open, went through the residence, found him hunkered down in the kitchen," said Deputy Adam Townsley.

He did not want to talk to us as he went into jail.

Deputies are still seeking information from the public to find Edward Peters.

"He is believed to be armed and dangerous from reports we've got at the office," said Deputy Townsley.

The two men are facing assault charges.

Deputies also arrested James Peters' wife Della Peters. They say she gave them wrong information during the investigation. She is charged with falsely reporting an incident.

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