Posted: Jul 29, 2013 2:44 PM by Erin Schattauer
BOZEMAN - A traveling musician, who attorneys say stopped in Bozeman for a few weeks, was arrested after getting into a street fight with a hatchet.
Kaelan Holmes, 26, who is listed as a transient on court documents, is charged with assault with a weapon. He was seen in court today on the charge.
Police responded to a fight in the 300 block of East Main Street on Saturday where they found Holmes bleeding from his face and head. Holmes told police he was fighting with a man who was standing across the street and that the man took his hatchet from him and hit him on the head with it, according to court documents.
A woman told police she saw Holmes produce a hatchet from behind his back and advance towards the other man involved in the fight.
Police interviewed the other man who was involved. He said when he saw the hatchet, he was afraid he was going to be hit on the head with it and would die on the concrete, according to court documents. The men struggled then fell on the ground at the corner of Rouse Avenue and Main Street. The other man admitted to punching Holmes in the face and head because he thought Holmes was going to hurt him.
When police interviewed Holmes at the hospital where he was taken for his injuries, he said he got into an argument with the other man and that he had his hatchet in his hand and wanted to hit the other man, but he couldn't do it, court documents state. He then reportedly changed his story and said he had his hatchet in his backpack and it fell out during the struggle.
After several other witnesses were interviewed, Holmes was arrested for assault with a weapon.
He appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court today where Judge Bryan Adams set his bail at $15,000.