Tidewater man arrested in weekend stabbing incident

Makes initial court appearance Tuesday

TIDEWATER — Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 29-year-old Lincoln County man following an alleged assault on Friday, Jan. 15, on East Little Albany Loop that sent an adult female victim to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport with multiple, non-life threatening stab wounds.

The sheriff’s office, in a news release issued the following day, wrote that at about 5:50 p.m. Friday, authorities were called to the scene after a witness contacted dispatch to report an alleged assault. Once on scene, deputies arrested Branden Michael Gross, of Tidewater, who authorities say has a reported history of mental health issues.

During Gross’ initial appearance Tuesday afternoon in Lincoln County Circuit Court in Newport, Judge Sheryl Bachart issued a non-contact order between the accused and the alleged victim. She additionally instructed Gross’ court-appointed defense attorney, Jonathan H. Cable, to schedule a mental health evaluation for his client.

Following his weekend arrest, Gross was transported from the scene and lodged into Lincoln County Jail in Newport on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and unlawful use of a weapon. Gross remains in the custody of the jail, held on $300,000 bond. 

His next court appearance is a preliminary hearing scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 26.

“Investigation determined the victim arrived home in the evening and found Mr. Gross upstairs, inside her home,” the sheriff’s office wrote in the release. “The victim was able to wrestle Mr. Gross out of the residence through the back door while screaming for help.”

The release further states Gross reentered the residence through a back door, and during a second physical confrontation, stabbed the victim twice in the abdomen. 

“Neighbors were alerted to the victim’s screaming and responded to the location to find Mr. Gross and the victim in a physical struggle at the back door,” the release stated. “Neighbors intervened and got between the victim and Mr. Gross.”

The victim reportedly escaped to a neighbor’s residence. Gross initially fled the victim’s residence through the front door, and deputies located and arrested him at a nearby residence.

The sheriff’s office release also notes that Gross was “unknown to the victim.”


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