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Thursday, August 22, 2013
A Roanoke man convicted of attacking a restaurant employee with a knife and then throwing a chair at a patron withdrew his appeals in the case this week and will serve about seven months in jail.
Christian Linthicum, 39, was charged June 14 with trespassing and multiple counts of assault after a midday incident at Awful Arthur’s restaurant in the 100 block of Campbell Avenue. Police were called to the business just after 3 p.m. for a report of a man swinging knives.
At a July hearing in Roanoke General District Court, witnesses testified Linthicum had gone into the kitchen of the restaurant without permission and had argued with an employee.
When the employee picked up a kitchen knife, Linthicum followed suit, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chrystal Smith.
“Somehow, Mr. Linthicum ended up with both knives,” Smith said Wednesday.
Smith said the employee fled the kitchen and, when a diner tried to intervene, Linthicum threw a chair at the customer but missed. No one was injured, and Linthicum had put the knives down by the time police arrived, she said.
He was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor assault and trespassing and found not guilty of two additional counts of assault.
According to online court records, at the time of his conviction Linthicum was on supervised probation for a November misdemeanor assault conviction in Roanoke.
Smith said it was unclear Wednesday how the June incident will affect Linthicum’s probation.
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