Arrest made in Saturday Morning Assault Case
Edward Bechtel (43)
On Saturday January 25th around 12:06 a.m., deputies were dispatched to Hwy 124 W in reference to an aggravated assault call. Deputies made contact with Pamela Nacke who made the call to dispatch. Mrs. Nacke advised deputies she was on her way home, when she noticed a white Jeep in the ditch. She stopped and noticed a male and female standing near the vehicle. Mrs. Nacke then got out of her vehicle to see if they needed assistance. Once out of the vehicle, the male began screaming at Mrs. Nacke telling her not to contact the police. The male then threw Mrs. Nacke in the ditch and began punching, kicking, and threatening her life. When he finally stopped attacking her, she was able to crawl out of the ditch and flagged down a vehicle approaching the scene. Mrs. Nacke was able to get home safely, where deputies met with her and took a statement. Mrs. Nacke was then transported to Conway Regional by ambulance and was treated for the injuries to her face, the back of her head, her wrist, and broken ankle.
Deputies turned this case over to the Faulkner County Major Crimes Unit Division. Through a quick investigation, the male and female were located. The male has been identified as Edward Bechtel. Bechtel (43) was arrested early Tuesday morning. He is currently being held at the Faulkner County Detention Center Unit 2 pending 1st degree battery and terroristic threatening charges.