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Suspect Charged in Peggy's Restaurant Stabbing

Published On: Dec 18 2013 03:20:00 PM AKST

Officials with the Anchorage District Attorney’s office have issued charges against a man accused of a Tuesday morning stabbing at a local restaurant near Merrill Field.

Olin Wayne Anderson, 59, was charged with recklessly causing “serious physical injury” by means of a dangerous instrument, according to district court charging documents. The charge is a class-A felony offense.

The charges follow the Tuesday morning incident when, according to Anchorage Police Department officials, police responded to Peggy’s Restaurant on East 5th Avenue to a report of a stabbing.

Upon arrival police discovered a male victim identified as Thomas Stockmal with a large wound to his side. Anderson was also present still holding a knife which police promptly told the suspect to drop. Anderson complied, according to police.

Police described the weapon as a hunting knife with a blade approximately 4-inches-long and 1.5-inches-wide.

Court records indicate Anderson was arrested Jan. 5 on similar charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Charging documents indicate other charges of assault with cause fear of imminent injury. Anderson was arrested again Aug. 20 for theft, according to the documents.

Stockmal told police he was leaving Peggy’s when Anderson attacked him at the door. Stockmal held the door closed so Anderson could not come after him.

A witness told police Anderson was not a regular customer unlike Stockmal. The witness also noted as Stockmal got up to leave, it appeared Anderson asked Stockmal for money, according to the charging documents.

It was at that point that Stockmal continued to the exit where the witness observed Anderson pull out the knife and “make a stabbing motion towards (sic) Stockmal,” according to the charging documents. The witness did not see any other interaction between Stockmal and Anderson.

Stockmal was transported to a nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He remains in critical condition, according to APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro.