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An Edinburgh man was arrested after police say he stabbed a kitchen knife through his mother’s forearm.

Alex J. Harper, 23, 306 S. Pleasant St., was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and possession of drug precursors.

His mother was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin, where she was treated and released. She’s still able to use the arm and hand, since the knife missed vital muscles and nerves, Edinburgh Police Department deputy chief David Lutz said.

Police were called to the family’s home about 5 a.m. Monday. A man called police to report that their adult son hurt his wife and she needed an ambulance and he could not leave work to help her, according to the police report.


When officers got to the home, Alex Harper ran to a bedroom and barricaded himself in the room by shoving a dresser in front of the door, Lutz said.

Bonnie Harper had a stab wound through her arm and said she had gotten it when she and Alex Harper were arguing, the report said.

She told police that Alex Harper was supposed to be taking prescription drugs for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder but had refused to take his medicine for three days, Lutz said.

Edinburgh police were called to the house three previous times when Alex Harper got into altercations with his parents, Lutz said.

In one of those calls, police had to send a SWAT team into the home because the man had rifles and shotguns in his bedroom with him, Lutz said.

On Monday, when officers went to the bedroom Monday to arrest Alex Harper, they had to pry open the door with a metal tool borrowed from firefighters and then push the dresser aside, Lutz said.

Inside the room, officers found a steak knife that appeared to have blood on it and two shotguns.

One of the shotguns had a barrel that had been sawed off to 10 inches, making it illegal for anyone to own without a special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Lutz said.

“At 10 inches, it’s not good for anything except killing people,” he said. “You can’t take it hunting like that.”

Officers also found bags with chemicals and items commonly used to make methamphetamine. Alex Harper was arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held on $31,000 bond.

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