Crime

Cynthiana man charged with stabbing two men at a bar, throwing knife at officer

A Cynthiana man was arrested on multiple charges, accused of stabbing two others in a bar, police said.

Michael King, 47, was charged with attempted murder, second-degree assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, fleeing and evading police, and third-degree criminal mischief, Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson said.

On Tuesday night at Ronnie's Bar and Grill on South Walnut Street in Cynthiana, King found his wife in the company of another man, Johnson said.

"Basically this was a domestic situation," Johnson said. "Husband and wife are separated, and he finds her in this establishment talking to a gentleman, and they exchange words."

Johnson said King stabbed Robbie Rose in the right back side of his neck and in the left side of his forehead.

Another bar patron, Bobby Crump, was stabbed in the left shoulder, the top of this head and his chest, Johnson said.

Rose was listed in serious condition Wednesday afternoon at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, and Crump was discharged, a spokeswoman said.

King left the bar before Cynthiana police arrived. But he was found a short time later, and he threw the knife at a police officer, Johnson said. Police used a stun gun and took him into custody.

Police took King to Harrison Memorial Hospital, where he slung a bottle of urine at the officers, police said.

In addition, King was charged with criminal mischief because "there were some problems in the booking area of the police department, where he busted a doorknob and then urinated on the floor," Johnson said.

At the time of his arrest, King was out on bond, having been charged with arson in connection with a fire in March that burned the public-housing duplex on Cherokee Drive where he and his wife lived, Johnson said.

"There were some issues between he and his wife and he was mad at her, and just decided he wanted to burn down the house," Johnson said.

King also was charged with four counts of wanton endangerment in connection with that fire because a family of four occupied the unit next door, Johnson said.

King was being held at the Bourbon County jail in Paris in lieu of a $50,000 bond on the attempted-murder charge.

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