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Man with knife arrested

Thursday, November 9, 2006

OREGON COUNTY -- A Thayer man, Raymond L. Curbow, is in the Oregon County Jail at Alton charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon. Authorities used a Taser stun gun to stop Curbow.

His bond has been set at $4,900.

Authorities responded to a report at 1 a.m. Oct. 28 that Curbow, 26, was wielding a knife at the Chestnut Inn Apartments in Thayer. Witnesses at the scene told Thayer Police officers that Curbow had cut his hand with the knife and was now holding it to his own throat.

Officers Norman Todd and Josh McDaniel arrived at the apartments and told Curbow to drop the knife.

Curbow began pacing and walked toward them with the knife at his side, according to police.

McDaniel said he pointed the stun gun at the man and told him to stop coming forward and to drop the knife.

The officer said he heard voices on the street below and realized if Curbow got past him he might harm the people on the street with the knife.

The officer said as Curbow came toward him he used the stun gun and Todd kicked the knife out of the Curbow's hand.

Curbow was handcuffed and taken to jail.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Oregon County Associate Circuit Court Nov. 8 before Associate Circuit Judge Jo Beth Prewitt.



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