Council Bluffs man fights off attackers on Bob Kerrey Bridge, sending both to hospital

A man walking home from work along the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge used a pocket knife to fight off two attackers Monday evening.

Andrew Poeckes, 27, told Council Bluffs Police he was crossing the bridge back to Iowa just before 7 p.m. when two men accosted him and started punching him in the face and pulling at his clothing.

Witnesses told police that the men punched Poeckes in the head several times before he swung back to try and protect himself. At one point, Poeckes pulled out a small folding pocket knife and stabbed each man once in the abdomen.

Both men remain in the hospital, one in critical condition and the other in stable condition, Council Bluffs police said. Poeckes was treated for facial injuries at a Council Bluffs hospital and released.

The incident is still under investigation, but Council Bluffs police said early indications are that Poeckes was acting in self-defense. Police anticipate the two men will be arrested and charged with assault, but no action has yet been taken.

Detectives are seeking more witnesses and can be reached at 712-328-4728.

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