The designated driver who stabbed his bar-hopping companion remains in jail today.
Sandusky resident Patrick "Pablo" S. Ringle, 18, was arrested Sunday and jailed, accused of stabbing a man on the northwest corner of Seminary Street and Benedict Avenue, Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said. Ringle must post a $35,000 bond to be released from the Huron County Jail.
Ringle and the victim reportedly began arguing at Charlie's Bar on Benedict Avenue over a previous incident when the victim supposedly scratched their female companion.
"That's no way to treat a woman," Ringle said, according to Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford.
Ringle has known the woman for two weeks. He is not suspected of having been drinking, Fulton said.
The victim grabbed the woman and was told to go home, Charlie's Bar owner Donna Rossman said.
"You can't do that. You have to leave," Rossman said she told the victim. "We put him out before anything happened."
Rossman didn't know Ringle was with the victim and woman until after the altercation, but said Ringle reportedly "got mouthy" with a bouncer at one point Sunday.
After the victim was thrown out of the bar, Ringle followed the 23-year-old and the woman, 24, to the corner of Seminary and Benedict, Fulton said.
The victim suffered a 2-inch by 2-inch knife wound right below the hip bone, Clifford said. North Central EMS transported the victim to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
After being stabbed, the man returned to the Benedict Avenue bar. "I don't know who called the police," Rossman said.
Sheriff's deputy Randy Chase responded to Charlie's Bar one minute after being dispatched. He, four Norwalk officers and several state troopers searched the area behind the bar and near the Norwalk Creek for several hours, Fulton said.
Police kept the woman's car, which Ringle drove from Sandusky to Norwalk, under surveillance in case the suspect returned.
A tip led officers to a Reed Street address about 10:30 Sunday morning and to Ringle's arrest on felonious assault, a second-degree felony, the detective said. The suspect identified himself and was arrested without incident.
If convicted, Ringle faces two to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.
Ringle has not been a suspect in previous violent crimes, but was accused in various Erie County offenses, Fulton said. Norwalk Municipal Court records list no criminal convictions or charges against Ringle.