Sheriff’s Office: Two arrested following fight, assault with BBQ fork

Michael England – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office
Thomas Freeland – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office


Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Saturday Afternoon at 4:45 pm Iredell County Deputies responded to 154 Rowan Rd to a reported stabbing. Deputies found Thomas (Tommy) Henry Freeland, 46, suffering from multiple stab wounds inflicted with a BBQ fork. Also involved was Michael (Mo) Dwayne England, 51, who suffered facial injuries.

Deputies stated that the injuries suffered by both individuals were consistent with statements by both involved parties, as well as witnesses. According to witnesses, England had thrown a brick into the windshield of Freeland’s parked Cadillac. When Freeland approached England, threats were exchanged and both men agreed to meet in the roadway in front of 154 Rowan Rd and settle their dispute physically. At some point, after a fight broke out between the two men, England brandished a BBQ fork and began stabbing Freeland. It was at this time that both men sustained their injuries. Both individuals were transported to Iredell Memorial Hospital by IMED.

Deputies were called and responded to the scene to investigate the incident. EMS personnel also responded due to the stabbing and assault. After being medically cleared both men were arrested by Iredell County Deputies and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center.

England received a $7500.00 secured bond on a charge of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury.
Freeland received a $5000.00 secured bond on a charge of Assault Inflicting Serious Injury; he was also served for a Probation Violation that he received an additional $5000.00 secured bond for.

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