10/17/2013 9:45:00 PM Restaurant employee accused of knife assault
Patti Weaver, Journal Correspondent
A Stillwater man has been ordered to appear in court Oct. 29 on a felony charge accusing him of threatening to stab a coworker at Long John Silver's -- while both were employed at the Stillwater restaurant.
Chase Onal Reeder, 25, was arrested on Sept. 24 and freed on $5,000 bond by a judge who ordered him to have no contact with his alleged victim, court records show.
If convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon, Reeder could be given a 10-year prison term, according to the charge filed by prosecutor Debra Vincent.
Stillwater Police Officer Jerry Burrow wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit that he was sent to the restaurant on N. Boomer Road at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 "for what was initially described as threats that had just occurred."
When the officer arrived, he was advised "Chance Onal Reeder was an employee that they suspected had embezzled money from the business. He was going to be terminated," according to the affidavit.
When Reeder came in to work, he was told to wait in the lobby for the district manager who was coming to the business to help in the matter, the affidavit said.
Reeder refused to go and an argument ensued, the affidavit said. At one point Reeder was told to go outside, but Reeder again refused and quickly produced a knife, the officer was told by the alleged victim, according to the affidavit.
The restaurant employee said that Reeder made a slashing motion towards him with a knife and said he could cut him up, the affidavit alleged.
Reeder subsequently left, the affidavit said The restaurant employee did not know Reeder's address, but described the location and the car he used which had a missing rear bumper, the affidavit said.
Sgt. Rodger Wall located Reeder at the apartment complex, the affidavit said.
Another employee said that she saw the argument, but "she did not see Reeder with a knife," the affidavit said.
"There were two other employees at work, but both said they did not witness anything," the affidavit said.
The Stillwater officer said that when he arrived at Reeder's residence where the police sergeant was, "Reeder was sitting in a chair just outside the front door of the apartment and was crying," the affidavit said.
Reeder claimed that the alleged victim "is the one who has been embezzling from the store," according to the affidavit.
Reeder claimed that he wanted to put in some hours, but the alleged victim "followed him around the store cussing at him," and at one point "spit was hitting him in the face," the affidavit alleged. Reeder said that when he told him to back up, the alleged victim said "what are you going to do about it, b...." the affidavit alleged.
"Reeder said he pulled a knife out of his pocket and said 'this is what I'm gonna do," the affidavit alleged.
"Reeder stated he then left and as he was driving away, he threw the knife out of the window and did not know where it was," the affidavit alleged.
Reeder told the officer "he was willing to take anger management classes because he knew he had an anger problem," the affidavit alleged.