GALENA - At approximately 8:45 p.m. on July 28, Officers of the Galena Police Department were alerted to a disturbance in the 900 block of Joplin Street. Two individuals at that location had been assaulted. One of the victims was seriously injured and subsequently transported to the hospital for his injuries. An extensive search was conducted by on duty patrol officers, reserve officers, and citizens.

At 1:10 a.m. the morning of July 29, the suspect, identified as Bryan Keith Nelson, 40 of Batesville, Arkansas, was apprehended hiding in an alley a few blocks from the incident. He was transported to the Cherokee County Jail where he is being held for Aggravated Battery. His bond has been set at $5,000. Nelson is also being held for an outstanding warrant through the Galena Municipal Court on a bond for $1,500, and will further be held pending extradition to Jasper County to appear on two additional warrants there.

"Thank you to the citizens of Galena for your vigilance and timely reports of the suspect’s movements through the area," said Galena Chief of Police Billy Charles in a release statement. "This is a perfect example of the positive effects of citizen and police partnerships."