According to a police report, a 27 year old Stanford man who thought he’d been punched in the stomach during a brawl at the Stanford Arby’s Friday afternoon had actually been stabbed.
Kevin Johnson, 224 Martin Luther King St., told police that he and three friends had been following a vehicle belonging to Ashley Rose Pullum of Crab Orchard at her request because she was afraid of her husband Linden Pullum. Stanford Police Department Captain Barry Allen said the Pullums were divorcing, but were traveling together to cash a tax refund check.
The Pullums were heading to the First Southern Bank on US 27 around 3 p.m. when Pullum spotted the tail. Johnson said Pullum exited the vehicle while it was in the US 27 South turn lane in front of Arby’s, approached his vehicle and said that “something bad would happen” if he didn’t stop following the Pullum vehicle.
The Pullums went through the Arby’s drive through and when Linden Pullum saw that Johnson was still following them, he once again got out of the car and approached Johnson’s SUV. Johnson told the Stanford police that, when he got out of his vehicle, he thought that Pullum had punched him in the stomach, but it turns out that Pullum stabbed him with a small knife.
Fisticuffs ensued and before Fish and Wildlife officers Greg Hill and Kaylen Gibson separated the two, Johnson suffered four more stab wounds.
Johnson was transferred by ambulance to Fort Logan Hospital and received 33 sutures. Pullum was taken under arrest and lodged at the Lincoln County Regional Detention Center, charged with 1st degree assault. Pullum made bail on Saturday and will appear in court on Feb. 28.
Allen told The Interior Journal that Pullum has one prior conviction for domestic violence, but court records reveal that in Aug. 2005 he was one of six Lincoln County volunteer firefighters that were indicted for setting fire to an old school and two houses in May and June of 2005. Another man who was not a firefighter was also indicted at that time.
At the time of the arsons, Pullum was 19 and ultimately ended up receiving a pre-trial diversion. Lincoln Circuit Court workers said that Pullum had paid all of his fines and fees and had succesfully completed his five year diversion.