One man is in custody after a beating that left the victim nearly dead. Lake Ozark Police have arrested John Joe Powell of Mexico on charges including multiple counts of armed criminal action and first-degree assault or attempted assault with serious physical injury. A security guard working near Iguana Campground near Bagnell Dam called authorities after finding a man tied to a Jeep with apparent stab wounds. The victim was bloodied and unconscious with blood spattered around the campsite. Powell allegedly threatened to “filet” the victim, who he claimed had threatened his wife.
Lake Ozark Police say the victim was stabbed repeatedly in the head, arms, and hands and then was dragged behind a vehicle. He was taken to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia with life-threatening injuries.