Box cutter attacker caught

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Shirts, coats and a criminal – that’s what law enforcement found Monday afternoon at a home on West Hart Avenue in Opp.

For more than two weeks, police have been searching for 33-year-old Nicholas Cornelius Hines after he allegedly used a box cutter to severely injure another Opp man on June 8 at a home on Hardin Street.

Opp Police Assistant Chief Kevin Chance said Hines was apprehended at his girlfriend’s home with the assistance of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

“He was hiding inside a bedroom closet,” Chance said of Hines. “(The apprehension) went smooth, and he was taken into custody without incident.”

Hines is facing a first-degree assault charge after he allegedly used a box cutter on a 27-year-old male, who required surgery to repair cut that went from the left side of his chest to his waistline.

Hines is currently being held without bond in the Covington County Jail on a violation of probation charge. Chance said Hines’ girlfriend will not face criminal charges for harboring Hines.