Man charged in stabbing at downtown convenience store

2014-08-22T16:35:00Z 2014-08-23T19:03:04Z Man charged in stabbing at downtown convenience storeBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A man arrested Thursday night shortly after a stabbing at a downtown convenience store made an initial court appearance Friday on a charge of assault with a weapon.

Tyler Grant Left Hand, 46, appeared on the charge in Yellowstone County Justice Court, where Judge David A. Carter set his bond at $35,000.

Police arrested Left Hand after he attempted to flee the scene of the stabbing outside the Downtown Conoco, 2701 Sixth Ave. N., according to charging documents.

Police responded to the convenience store shortly after 6 p.m. for a disturbance. While en route, an officer learned there had been a stabbing.

An officer made contact with the alleged victim, who lifted his shirt and showed a stab wound to his lower back, court records state. A witness pointed out the suspect, who was walking away.

An officer pursued the suspect, identified as Left Hand, and found him running into an alley between North 28th and North 29th streets, according to prosecutors. With his gun drawn, the officer ordered Left Hand to the ground.

A search of Left Hand revealed he had a knife in one of his pockets, court records say.

An employee at the convenience store told police that the victim had entered the store while drinking alcohol. She said she called police and told the man to leave.

She reported he went outside and that she saw Left Hand try to fight the victim before they disappeared out of sight, court records say.

Minutes later, the alleged victim entered the store again while drinking a beer, charging documents state. He was followed by Left Hand. The two men continued to argue and were told to leave by the store employee.

The injured man turned to the employee and said that he had been stabbed. The employee saw that he had blood on his shirt and immediately called police a second time.

Police arrested Left Hand and took him to the county jail. An officer noted that Left Hand smelled of alcohol and had difficulty keeping his balance as he walked, court records say.

If Left Hand’s bail is posted, Judge Carter ordered him to comply with 24/7 sobriety monitoring.

Left Hand is scheduled to appear in District Court on Aug. 29.

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