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Published October 4, 2017

Beaten, stabbed and dragged behind vehicle

LAKE OZARK – A Mexico Missouri man has been arrested and charged after allegedly assaulting a man at the campground below Bagnell Dam.

At approximately 1:35 a.m. on September 22, the Lake Ozark Police Department (LOPD) received a call of an unconscious man at the campgrounds below the dam who had possibly been assaulted and dragged behind a car.

Officers arrived on scene and found the unconscious male near the bathhouse at the campground.

CPR was initiated and the subject was transported by Lake Ozark Fire Protection Distric’s ambulance to Lake Regional and then transferred to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia with life threatening injuries.

According to the LOPD, investigation at the scene indicated that two male subjects staying at the campground had gotten into a physical altercation. John J. Powell, 39, of Mexico, MO, was standing over the victim as officers arrived and covered in blood.

Police claim that Powell made an admission to officers at the scene that he had assaulted the victim.

Initial investigation indicates that the victim was physically beaten, stabbed several times in the head, arms and hands and was then dragged behind a vehicle through the campground for several hundred feet.

Powell and his wife had been tent camping at the campground for at least two weeks and the victim had just met them that day while also staying at the campground, the LOPD said.

Powell was charged by the Miller County Prosecutor with three counts of Assault 1st Degree Or Attempt - Serious Physical Injury Or Special Victim (Class A felonies) and three counts of armed criminal action (felony) and is being held in Miller County on $300,000 bond.

The bond also states that he is to have no contact with the victim (or victims) and that he be placed on GPS monitoring. Powell also had a warrant from probation and parole, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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