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Posted on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 11:29 a.m.

Ann Arbor police release more information on Sunday stabbing, assault

By Kyle Feldscher

Ann Arbor police arrested a 25-year-old South Lyon man after he stabbed a man, sending him to the hospital Sunday morning, a police detective said.

Police are also investigating an assault that took place at a bar near the stabbing at about the same time. They said they appear to be unrelated.

Ann Arbor police Detective Lt. Robert Pfannes said police responded at 1:42 a.m. Sunday to the 200 block of North Main Street to investigate a reported stabbing. Pfannes said the 25-year-old South Lyon man is accused of stabbing a 28-year-old Ypsilanti man after a verbal confrontation turned physical.

Pfannes said the South Lyon man produced a knife during the argument and stabbed the Ypsilanti man.

The South Lyon man was arrested at the scene of the incident before being transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered in the fight. The Ypsilanti man remained in the hospital Monday morning.

The two men didn’t know each other, Pfannes said.

Pfannes said charges are being sought in the case, but there were no warrants filed in the case Monday morning, according to court records.

Police are also investigating an assault that took place at Live, a bar located at 102 S. First St., shortly before the stabbing.

Pfannes said police were called to investigate the incident at 1:35 a.m. Sunday, after a 41-year-old East Lansing man was assaulted.

The man was sitting at the bar when an unknown man struck him. The assailant was gone by the time police arrived.

The East Lansing man suffered a laceration on his face and required medical attention, Pfannes said.

The assailant is described as a white or possibly mixed race man, 6-feet to 6-feet-2 inches tall, with a muscular build and a crew-cut hair style. He was wearing a dark jacket, Pfannes said.

Anyone with information on these two incidents is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2587).

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 1:01 p.m.

I knew a young man who was attacked by a group of boys , one of them had a knife and he took it away from him and used it on one of the other boys. So guess who went to prison. The one who got attacked first he shouldn't have taken the other fellows knife.


Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 6:11 p.m.

Dude what's your point


Wed, Mar 20, 2013 : 7:36 a.m.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 11:20 a.m.

We must continue our assault on... assault. In the state of Florida, a bill has been introduced, it calls for mandatory anger management courses for anyone found guilty of... buying ammunition. An almost identically worded city ordinance has already been passed by the city of San Francisco. The crack logicians of the Democratic Party must now turn their investigative genius to incidents such as this one. It's clear that the alleged stabber must have bought the knife he used (whether in self defense or not). So he should be charged with the crime of knife-buying. He must have bought the knife with evil intent (i.e. for assault) and in anticipation of using it in anger. Therefore, infallible anger management therapy is the "unassailable" remedy. The knife buyer will come out the other end fixed - emanating the glow of benign intentions toward humanity. No longer will we shrink away at the sight of his sinister potential for chaotic violence. Furthermore, the unending tragic violence done to carrots and watermelons with knives must stop now! We all live with the same nightmare: in which the butchered watermelons stop screaming. We all shudder in horror at... the Silence of the Watermelons. Remember, by nipping knife-buying in the bud, we save innumerable chickens and fish as well. In the immortal words of Barack Obama, "If we can save just one..." all will be well and our Democrat hero legislators will finally get their due for being heroes of bold, progressive (and highly imaginative) thinking.

Steve Hendel

Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 3:14 p.m.



Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 8 a.m.

Oh wow already condemning the man with no solid evidence to back this up? saw most of it from the corner the man who did the Stabbing was defending his self the other guy was much bigger and was unloading punches on his face then from what i saw the person that got stabbed Assaulted the South Lyon man first... poor guy hope he beats this unlawful case.


Wed, Mar 20, 2013 : 5:55 p.m.

Mr.Reeds, Perhaps your opinion is best kept private...since literally ever part of your post was incorrect?


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 2:50 a.m.

about the 19th century I read that Ann Arbor had many bars too and same problems then.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 11:01 p.m.

That's why I don't visit A2. Young people can't handle their alcohol.


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 2:49 a.m.

down town is drinking fighting bar war zone


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 7:26 p.m.

Can't blame the clientele from Studio 4 anymore. Gee, wonder what city officials will do now. Close all bars? Oh, my mistake. Patrons of these other bars where the same incidents occur are of a different nature. Probably dismissed as an isolated incident.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 11:24 p.m.

Uh, yes we can.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 8:15 p.m.

Now that Studio 4 is closed, the "clientele" go somewhere else. Its not like they say to themselves "Oh Studio 4 is closed, I think I will just stay home forever and never cause trouble again" + too they did not immediately decide to make a series of life choices that would never put them in the same type of bar doing the same type of things again and again.

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 6:57 p.m.

im almost certain there is a hindenberg in the 200 block of n main.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 6:36 p.m.

What if the attacked man had been legally carrying a concealed weapon? Could he have shot at his assailant in this scenario?


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 5:21 p.m.

If Ann Arbor officials would have declared the city as a knife or edged weapon free zone, this would have never occured.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 6:39 p.m.

It's a good thing no one had a gun or this could have turned out a lot worse.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 5:48 p.m.

It's easy to make fun, but not so easy to produce actual solutions.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 4:46 p.m.

"Pfannes said the South Lyon man produced a knife during the argument and stabbed the Ypsilanti man." We need to get construction of that wall started.....


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 1:32 a.m.

Was that what you deduced Bear? Because you're exactly wrong.


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 12:44 a.m.

Read the article. You might be able to surmise that the man used the knife only after being beaten up.

Audion Man

Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 7:18 p.m.

There sure is a lot of code in some of these responses.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 6:16 p.m.

Yeah, lock down the gates. Great answer. I don't currently live in Ann Arbor, but i spent most of my childhood here. It wasn't the best area. I live in Ypsi township now and the area is much better than the area I grew up in. Also, this was back in the 70s and early 80s, so I can only imagine the part of Ann Arbor now. Ann Arbor, just like any other city has it's bad areas. I'm sure other areas report about Ann Arbor people coming to their area causing trouble. Its just that Ann Arbor is pretty much the entertainment hub of Washtenaw county, so we see it drawing more people from other areas.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 5:19 p.m.

Amen brother. I've been preaching that here for years. The number of criminals from OUT OF TOWN that we let in to our fair city is ridiculous.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 4:18 p.m.

Kyle, has AA changed in regard to Crime Stats in past 10 yrs? 20 yrs? I tend to think it's cyclical, but a proper, fact-based analysis would be interesting ...


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 1:41 p.m.

I agree; I'd very much like to know. Since I am a fan of newspapers, it saddens me to say that I skim more stories now on my tablet than I ever read in the old A2 News (and I have more time--AND the news is there in the morning). Days would go by without my having the opportunity to read the newspaper. I am sure I see more crime news now, but I am not convinced there IS actually more crime. Please start digging, Kyle!


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 2:48 a.m.

I have feeling crime is going up a a little bit each year its always been sort high.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 8:11 p.m.

Ok Kyle, start digging.

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 7:02 p.m.

That would take some digging to answer properly, but it seems as if police and city officials have grown fond of saying crime is going down in Ann Arbor. I would have to look at statistics to properly answer that though.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 4:32 p.m.

I wonder if the curent focus on insignificant but easy to write and attractive to the clicking public crime stories changes the perception of crime in Ann Arbor.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 3:53 p.m.

Ann Arbor has changed....and not for the better. Vote me down if you will, but it's a fact.


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 10:07 p.m.

Youwhine - I voted you up because I think what you say is true, but only partially. I used to hang around downtown when young - the 70s - and I do not remember there being the frequency of assaults I see beng reported now. Of course, I couldn't be everywhere so there were probably quite a few that went unnoticed by me. But I don't remember so many bar fights.


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 2:46 a.m.

go compare 1995 to 2013 you find a decline in stabbings.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 4:34 p.m.

You also have to remember that reporting has changed. You are now much more likely to hear about every little thing that happens because can report it instantly - with little to no research - and then continually update as more fact become available. Also, in this digital age, everybody has a smart phone/camera/social media access so they report and pass on everything that happens. Back when used to be The Ann Arbor News, they reported VERY LITTLE of the actual crime that went on in the city. One can make various assumptions for why this was, but that is a different discussion. Also, with anewspaper, you had a daily deadline to make and you only got one shot at reporting the story for that paper. This meant you had to get as many facts and photos as possible to make a story worth putting into a newspaper. And you had to get them right the first time because you couldn't just update the story an hour later. And you had to have somebody proof read it. Now seems to be eager to publish as much as it can (not a criticism, just pointing it out) and the AAPD also seems to be a bit more forthcoming with info. So, while there may be a slight rise here and there in crime, I would guess that it has stayed about the same. You are just hearing about it more.


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 4:06 p.m.

I don't think it's so much as Ann Arbor has changed as it's the people that come here and live here that has changed. Angry people filled with the mind altering drug ethanol at late hours of the night, usually equals trouble no matter what city it is