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Guitar and knife both used in Riverton fight

Mar 20, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

An Arapahoe man faces two aggravated assault and battery charges after police say he stabbed another man in the chest in the early hours of St. Patrick's Day.

At 2:08 a.m. Saturday, March 17, police arrived to an apartment at 3016 College Hill Drive in Riverton concerning a report of a "stabbing/gunshot."

Riverton police Capt. C.T. Smith said that when officers arrived at the scene they found a 22-year-old man with one stab wound to the chest. Court documents identified the victim as Talon Oldman.

The knife, which was found in a garbage can inside the apartment, was described in court documents as 7 inches long with duct tape on its handle.

"The 22-year-old victim was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital where he was treated and subsequently released," Smith said.

Police identified Virgil Thomas Oldman, 56, of Arapahoe, as the suspect in the alleged assault.

It was unclear in court documents how the two men are related.

Virgil Oldman was booked into the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander for two aggravated assault and battery charges.

"We do believe alcohol was involved," Smith said.

Virgil Oldman appeared in Riverton Circuit Court Monday afternoon, where Judge Wesley Roberts set his bail at $25,000 cash and scheduled a preliminary hearing for 9 a.m. on March 28.

Victim in driveway

According to charging documents filed in court on March 19, RPD responded to the residence concerning a family fight that had resulted in a stabbing.

Officers reportedly found the victim lying in the driveway while Virgil Oldman was still inside the apartment.

When police entered the residence, they reported observing Virgil Oldman in the living room, bleeding from a wound to his forehead.

"EMS arrived on scene and transported Talon Oldman to the Riverton Memorial Hospital where he was treated for a puncture wound described as penetrating trauma to his left lateral posterior chest area," Riverton Detective Sgt. Julie Mathews said in an affidavit that accompanied charging documents.

Virgil Oldman was also transported to the hospital for treatment for his forehead and a cut on his right forearm, documents stated.

An eyewitness reportedly told officers she saw Virgil Oldman retrieve a knife from the apartment's kitchen during an argument with Talon Oldman.

The witness said Virgil Oldman returned and confronted the victim, the two struggled, and she heard Talon Oldman "yell that he had been stabbed."

"T. Oldman told him to leave the room and forced him out," Mathews said in her affidavit. "In the physical confrontation that ensued V. Oldman struck T. Oldman on the side. T. Oldman realized that he had been stabbed when he noticed the blood on his side."

Hit by a guitar

Mathews said Talon Oldman picked up a guitar and struck Virgil Oldman.

"Small pieces of the plastic guitar were removed from V. Oldman's forehead and placed into evidence," Mathews said.

In her affidavit, Mathews said that Virgil Oldman told police that he could not remember the fight and did not understand why he was being charged, as he was the one hurting.

"V. Oldman indicated that he did realize T. Oldman being stabbed was a bad thing but he knew that he had been hit and when you get hit you react," Mathews said.

Aggravated assault and battery is a felony offense and carries up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.

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