Reep was taken into custody with no resistance and was taken to the Cherokee County Jail on another outstanding arrest warrant for violation of a protective order, a class A misdemeanor, stemming from an incident that occurred several weeks earlier.
Capt. John Raffield, with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, said Reep was charged with aggravated assault for the stabbing, a second-degree felony, and could face another aggravated assault charge.
The stabbing occurred around 1:30 p.m. in the ShadyBrook subdivision near Bullard.
The victim, identified as Joseph Johnson, 31, of Bullard, was stabbed in the abdomen and airlifted to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he underwent emergency surgery, according to a statement released from the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. As of late Friday afternoon, Johnson was in good condition.
Witnesses at the scene told authorities that Johnson went to a home in the 600 block of Elizabeth Drive with a friend. The suspect and two others already were at the residence in the front yard when Johnson arrived.
Reep immediately recognized Johnson and approached him as he was getting out of the car, according to the news release. The two allegedly got into an argument, which ended when Reep stabbed Johnson at least one time, according to police.
Reep allegedly forced his way into the original home and threatened the homeowner with a knife.
According to police, the homeowner grabbed a display sword and hit Reep on the head, causing him to begin bleeding profusely. Reep then chased the homeowner from his residence and down the street, but failed to catch him, according to police.
When deputies and investigators began arriving in the area, Reep and two men drove away from the home, according to the release.
Reep abandoned the car three-fourths of a mile away and ran into the woods, but the other men remained near the car and were questioned at the scene.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice brought in a tracking dog and helped search until after 8 p.m.