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Man stabbed at Tyler apartment complex accused of kidnapping, threatening common-law wife with knife

Lodge Stabbing
Lodge Stabbing
Updated: Dec. 2, 2019 at 8:41 AM CST
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TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - A man was stabbed on Saturday by his common-law wife as she attempted to escape after he allegedly tied her and her children up in their home

According to Tyler police, an aggravated kidnapping charge is pending for 34-year-old Ronnie Lee Rinehart.

Tyler police reported they responded to the Lodge Apartments, located at 2709 South Broadway, at about 11:30 a.m on Sunday. According to the police, Rinehart had come home from that morning and “became very aggressive” towards his common-law wife and her three children, ages 6, 8 and 9.

He reportedly took them to the back bedroom, tied and gagged them. He also was allegedly threatening them with a knife.

Police say the mother was able to free herself from the restraint. She made an attempt to grab the knife, resulting in a struggle between her and Rinehart. During the struggle, Tyler police reported she stabbed Rinehart in the back.

The mother and her children were then able to escape from the apartment and call the police, according to Tyler police. Rinehart allegedly fled from the scene before officers arrived in her vehicle.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said Rinehart was later found near the intersection of FM 14 and CR 320 north of Tyler. They said after a standoff, deputies were able to convince him to surrender. He was then transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Tyler police say he remains police custody and will be charged with aggravated kidnapping.

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