Man arrested in non-fatal knife attack

Michael Ryan Vangelder, 30, of Lebanon, faces charges of menacing, unlawful use of a weapon and fourth-degree assault in connection with a Sept. 28 stabbing.

Lebanon Police officers responded to a report of a disturbance near 809 S. Main St. at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Michael Ryan Vangelder

At the scene, officers were advised that someone involved in the disturbance was injured, and that a male with a knife was being held at gunpoint by a bystander, according to an LPD news release. The bystander had a valid concealed-carry permit.

Before officers arrived, several other bystanders had disarmed and detained Vangelder.

The investigation revealed that Vangelder had been riding his skateboard north-bound on Main Street. While attempting to cross Grant Street, he initiated a verbal altercation with the driver of a vehicle, identified as Elizah F. Bullock, 40. Bullock stopped in the immediate area and was confronted by Vangelder, who had a large, fixed-blade knife displayed toward Bullock.

The bystander, who was a patron of a business near the altercation, witnessed Vangelder with the knife; he drew his concealed firearm, challenging Vangelder, demanding he drop the knife.

Vangelder attempted to flee the area and was physically detained by Bullock and another bystander.

Bullock was assaulted by Vangelder while he was attempting to detain him. Bullock was treated at the scene by Lebanon Fire Department medics for a minor injury and released.

Vangelder was transported to Lebanon Justice Center and later taken Linn County Jail.