1 arrested, 1 injured after Weekend Stabbing over Pool Game

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) A 33-year-old Wausau man is behind bars on $50,000 cash after he's accused of stabbing another man in the back in a bar parking lot.

Brandon Neumann was charged with first degree recklessly endangering safety, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. Wausau police said an argument over a pool game at the Cop Shoppe Pub late Saturday night lead to the incident. Wausau Police Captain Greg Hagenbucher said the fight started inside the tavern and carried over into the parking lot where the stabbing occurred.

In court, Neumann's attorney argued he was acting in self defense-- citing reasons for a low bond. Assistant district attorney Ralph Uttke said in court the crime was serious and violent, and a “stab wound to the back is likely not self-defense”. Uttke said the would was nearly 5 centimeters deep and was near the spinal column. He even offered to show the court a photo of the injury.

Marathon County Circuit Court Judge Jill Falstad said showing the photo would not be necessary and agree a high cash bond was appropriate. She also ordered Neumann have no contact with the alleged victim, and possess no dangerous weapons.

Captain Hagenbucher said the the suspect and the victim both said they didn't know each other prior to the incident.

Neumann fled the scene but was arrested by police at his home several hours later with the help of security footage from the tavern. The arresting officer said Neumann said he intended to turn himself in later, according to the police report.

In addition to the stabbing, he's also charged with slashing an employee's tires.

Hagenbucher said the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and will be released from the hospital Monday. Police said the weapon, a pocket knife was recovered.

Neumann will return to court Sept. 21 to learn if his case will head to trial.

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