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Two Tishomingo men hospitalized in attack

Michael Hesbrook, of Tishomingo, is jailed in connection with the brutal assault of two men. One man's throat was cut and the other had his teeth knocked out.
BY ANN KELLEY akelley@opubco.com Modified: April 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm •  Published: April 6, 2011
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A Tishomingo man is jailed in connection with the assault of two men.

Michael Hesbrook, 36, is being held in the Johnson County jail on complaints of assault with a deadly weapon and assaulting a police officer. He was arrested after a lengthy search of Tishomingo that included a Blackboard alert to all residents to be on the lookout for a dangerous, bloodied man carrying a knife.

Area schools were placed on alert, and officers were stationed outside the schools as a precaution.

Hesbrook is accused of beating and stabbing Daniel Bayer, 41, and Billy Flowers, 43, both of Tishomingo. Police found the two lying in the driveway of Flowers' home on Main Street near downtown, Police Chief Shannon Smith said.

Smith said Bayer's throat was cut and all but one of Flowers' teeth were knocked out. Bayer was taken by helicopter to a Texas hospital, where he underwent surgery, Smith said. Flowers was treated at an area hospital, he said.

Investigators have not determined what caused the fight, but all three men were drunk, Smith said.

One week ago, Tishomingo officers were armed with Tasers. The Tasers were used for the first time with Hesbrook, Smith said.

He said Hesbrook charged at an officer when he was found hiding in the bushes a few blocks away from where the two men were assaulted, and fought as they tried to handcuff him.

Hesbrook was arrested on domestic abuse complaints last month in connection with an assault on his girlfriend. He has an extensive criminal history that includes domestic abuse, drug and aggravated assault convictions in three counties.

His bail is set at $100,000.

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