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March 25, 2014

Restaurant employee charged in stabbing Saturday

CULLMAN — A Cullman Shogun employee was arrested on Saturday after stabbing his brother-in-law with a pocket knife outside of the restaurant following a heated argument around 3 p.m., officials said.

Tourhson Ringlen, 24, of Cullman, was charged with second-degree assault after the victim, Rainer George Andon, 42, of Cullman, was taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center by a personal vehicle to be treated for multiple stab wounds. Cullman Assistant Police Chief Craig Green said three officers responded to the scene two minutes after they received the call.

“They were a little late in calling to report the incident,” Green said. “Lieutenant J.P. White and officers John Anderson and Rick Thiot and arrived a couple of minutes after the call came in, but the victim had already been taken to CRMC. We don’t understand exactly what transpired to start the argument, but after the officers interviewed witnesses, they talked to the suspect and were able to detain him. They traveled to CRMC and talk with the victim and the stories of the witnesses, suspect and victim were all the same. From that point, they arrested the suspect for assault.”

Green said that following the verbal disagreement the two men began punching one other, and then Ringlen allegedly pulled a pocket knife and stabbed Andon twice in the side.

“The victim’s injuries are not life-threatening, but he was held overnight for observation,” Green said. “The victim is not being charged with anything. Investigators will continue to look into the matter. The law was broken and law enforcement made the decision to put the man in jail for assault.”

Ringlen is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center. His bond is currently unavailable.

* Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.

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