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Connellsville Twp. man charged in stabbing

| Thursday, July 3, 2003

A Fayette County man is in jail, facing multiple charges arising from a stabbing Wednesday morning that left another man hospitalized.

Justin T. Rahm, 22, of 134 McCoy Hollow Road, Connellsville Township, allegedly stabbed Kelly Flynn, 36, of Connellsville, in the neck with a pocket knife, piercing his jugular vein.

Flynn was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh's Oakland section, where he is listed in critical but stable condition, according to police.

Court papers filed in Rahm's arrest indicate he got involved in a fight outside of Luigi's Restaurant on Route 119 in Dunbar Township at approximately 12:45 a.m. yesterday.

A witness told police he saw Flynn and Rahm start to argue in the restaurant, then go outside where the argument continued.

Rahm admitted stabbing Flynn, according to police.

"The defendant claimed he was acting in self-defense," according to police documents filed in support of the arrest.

State police from the Uniontown station interviewed the owner of Luigi's, James Emery, who described the altercation.

According to Emery, Flynn had approached Rahm at his car and was arguing there with him when the stabbing occurred. Rahm then fled the scene and threw the knife out his window.

He later led police to the spot where he disposed of it.

Rahm faces charges of attempted homicide, recklessly endangering another person, and two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault.

He was arraigned before Dunbar Township District Justice Dwight Shaner and placed in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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