Update: Man accused of attacking a Greenbrier teacher formally charged

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Edward Bechtel photo from Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office – Jan. 28, 2020

Update:

GREENBRIER, Ark.- A man suspected of attacking a Greenbrier teacher has been formally charged.

Edward Bechtel faces first-degree battery and terroristic threatening charges.

Deputies say Bechtel attacked Pamela Nacke when she pulled over to help him on the side of Highway 124.

Update:
FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. – An arrest has been made in a Saturday morning assault case that left a woman injured.

According to the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Edward Bechtel, 43, was taken into custody Tuesday. He is being held at the Faulkner County Detention Center pending 1st degree battery and terroristic threatening charges.

Deputies say Bechtel assaulted and threatened to kill Greenbrier School District teacher Pamela Nacke around midnight Saturday, when she thought he was stranded along Highway 124.

“She stopped to offer help and that’s when he started to attack,” said Erinn Stone, Public Information Officer for the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office. “You’re doing something out of the kindness of your heart to help others as you’re taught to do and that’s what you get paid.”

Investigators say Bechtel was by a white Jeep that had gone into a ditch. They say he fled after the attack, leaving Nacke injured and the car engulfed in flames.

“We’re going to make sure that we get this solved,” Stone said.

Nacke is getting a lot of support from the school district, where she’s taught for nearly 30 years.

“She is just the model genuine person,” said Superintendent of Greenbrier Secondary Schools, Kelli Martin. “It’s our opportunity now to be the caregiver for someone who’s always been the caregiver.”

The school had counselors on hand for students and staff.

Nacke was taken to the hospital, she is expected to recover from her injuries.

Original story:

FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. — An investigation is underway after a teacher was attacked while she tried to help another driver whose car was stopped in the middle of a highway.

According to the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Pam Nacke saw the car stopped on Highway 124 around midnight on Saturday.

Investigators say the man started beating her and threw her into a ditch. At some point, investigators say, the man’s car caught on fire. They do not know if it was intentionally set.

According to investigators, the suspect then ran off and a passerby stopped to help Nacke.

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