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Salem man arrested for threatening with knife during bar fight

A McCook County Sheriff's Office vehicle. (Republic file photo)

SALEM — A Salem man was arrested following a fight in which he allegedly used a knife to threaten another man at a bar.

Police were dispatched to The End Zone Bar in Salem for a report of a fight involving weapons and upon arrival found a man being held down on the ground outside the bar, according to court documents.

A witness claimed the man being held down, 45-year-old Troy Barnhouse, had been at the bar earlier in the evening, then returned and had more alcohol. Approximately 45 minutes prior to the fight, staff stopped serving him alcohol and called his brother to pick him up.

As Barnhouse was leaving, he walked past a man he previously had "issues" with and began yelling at him before pulling a knife from his pocket, according to court documents.

Barnhouse stabbed the knife into the table and a bystander tackled him to the ground.

The man Barnhouse was arguing with claimed Barnhouse had placed the knife against his throat during the argument. Barnhouse had two knives with him at the time of the alleged assault, according to court records.

A preliminary breath test showed Barnhouse had a 0.198 blood alcohol content at the time of his arrest.

Barnhouse was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

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