A 21-year-old man — wanted after recently skipping out on his sentencing for choking the mother of his child last year — has been charged in a Tuesday night knife assault in downtown Billings.
On Wednesday afternoon, Tyrell Albert Little Bird appeared on a felony assault with a weapon charge before Judge Pedro R. Hernandez in Yellowstone County Justice Court.
“This is very serious,” the judge said. “A man could have died.”
Police arrested Little Bird after finding an unresponsive man with a blood-covered face lying on some grass near US Bank, 2714 Sixth Ave. N., at about 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, according to charging documents.
Officers reported Little Bird was drunk and had a bloody knife in his pocket.
The injured man was taken to a hospital for treatment, and police searched the area and found Little Bird walking east on Sixth Avenue North.
Initially, Little Bird denied being involved in the assault but then told police he punched and kicked the alleged victim in the face during a confrontation about a woman, court records say. An officer said a pat-down search of Little Bird revealed a bloody folding knife in one of his pockets.
An officer also saw that Little Bird had blood on his clothes and arms. Little Bird gave police a breath sample, which showed that he had a blood alcohol concentration nearly three times the legal driving limit of .08 percent, charging documents state.
Judge Hernandez set Little Bird’s bond at $20,000. That bond runs on top of the $20,000 warrant issued for Little Bird’s arrest after he failed to show up for sentencing at the end of last month for choking the mother of his child last July.
Little Bird is scheduled to appear in District Court on that bench warrant Thursday morning, when a new sentencing date will likely be scheduled.
Charging documents in that case say that in July 2013 police responded to a residence on Lake Elmo Drive where a woman said that Little Bird, the father of her baby, had assaulted her several times and caused her to drop the child. In April, he pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor partner or family member assault.
Little Bird is set to be arraigned July 14 on the assault with a weapon charge.
Tuesday’s incident was the second report of knife-related violence downtown in less than three weeks.
Well-known local photographer, 66-year-old Michael Scanlon Sample, was stabbed to death in downtown Billings on June 19 in an apparent robbery attempt. Prosecutors have charged Zachariah James Wiseman, 23, with deliberate homicide.