Teen arrested after Biloxi stabbing incident

Trent Otts is held at Harrison County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
Published: Dec. 19, 2022 at 2:58 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2022 at 1:45 PM CST
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BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - A Vancleave teenager was arrested Monday after a man was sent to the hospital with multiple stab wounds.

Trent Myles Otts, 18, was arrested Monday on a charge of aggravated assault. He’s accused of stabbing Brad Lago.

The incident happened Saturday at Henry’s Mobile Home Park on John Lee Road in Woolmarket.

”It all started over him almost hitting my daughter,” said the victim’s cousin James Brieding.

He and Lago were working on a truck while Brieding’s young children played nearby.

”[Otts] drives past us and I holler at him, ‘Look, you need to watch where you’re going, you about hit my daguther.’ He gets out his car talking about, ‘Well, you shouldn’t have been standing there.’ After that, they started fighting,” Brieding said. “He stabbed my cousin in his throat, chest, head and stomach. He just kept going.”

Brad Lago’s wife, Crystal, just arrived at the scene when the fight broke out.

”When I got there, that’s when they started fighting,” she said. “I was trying to get down there to get Brad back this way where everything would stop and that’s when I noticed he was being stabbed.”

A news release from Biloxi Police claims that Otts fled the scene after the fight.

”After that, everything just died out. It got quiet. Nobody around. He was laying in my lap for about 20 minutes,” Brieding said. “It was bad. If I would’ve taken my hand off his neck, he would’ve died.”

Brieding’s young children witnessed the violence unfold.

”It’s not something that anybody should see. It’s not something kids should see. My kids seen every bit of it,” Brieding said. “You’re gonna stab a man in front of a bunch of children -- multiple times? What heart do you have? You have no heart.”

”I’m still trying to process everything,” Lago said. “Just because someone asked you to slow down because their children are out there, it has to turn into violence like this? Now my husband is fighting for his life. [Brad is] a wonderful, great person. He really is. Excellent dad, friend, all around a really great guy.”

Lago is being treated at a hospital in Mobile.

Otts was arrested Monday in the 15000 block of Livermore Road in Vancleave by the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

He is held at the Harrison County jail on a $250,000 bond set by Judge Nick Patano.

If convicted, Otts could face up to 20 years in prison.

A family member created a GoFundMe to raise donations for medical fees.

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