Man with 266 prior arrests in jail for after box cutter attack - WKRN News 2

Man with 266 prior arrests in jail for after box cutter attack

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A homeless Nashville man is in jail after Metro police said he used a box cutter in an attempted attack on a doorman at The Brass Stables in Printer's Alley last week.

Aqua "Aquaman" Curtis, 50, was charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon in connection with the incident that occurred on April 10.

According to arrest records, Curtis was denied entry to the bar by the doorman around 1 a.m.

He then pulled out a box cutter, with a blade at least six inches long, and charged the doorman.

"It was a very large knife that could produce injuries," Central Precinct Commander Jason Reinbold said. "This doorman did an excellent job in protecting himself, but most of all he was very observant of what was going on."

The doorman was not injured, but Curtis was injured during the scuffle.

Police said he cut his hand on the box cutter when the doorman shoved him to the ground in self defense.

Reinbold said if the doorman had not stopped Curtis it is likely he could have attacked patrons who were leaving bars in the area.

Calls to the bar to speak with the doorman were not immediately returned Friday.

Curtis has an arrest record dating back almost 10 years that includes 266 arrests on various misdemeanor charges, including criminal trespassing and public intoxication.

He was arrested for public intoxication two days before the attack on the doorman.

Metro police noted his "chronic booking history" in the arrest report.

"He is one of our top chronic offenders in the downtown area," Reinbold said. "He clearly is a problem person in our area and with this arrest we are hoping he remains behind bars for a long time."

Tuesday the court dismissed the possession of weapons charge against Curtis. He was found guilty of the lesser charge of assault, a misdemeanor.

According to court documents he was sentenced to nine months in jail.

Commander Reinbold noted during Metro Police Department's weekly Comstat meeting that Curtis' incarceration will help prevent a number of other offenses from happening in the downtown areas he frequents.

He remains in custody at the Hill Detention Center downtown.

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