West Allis woman arrested after stabbing, standoff

CREATED Jul 14, 2011 - UPDATED: Jul 14, 2011

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WEST ALLIS - West Allis Police arrested five people, including a 28 year-old woman accused of stabbing a man, after a standoff in the 7900 block of W. Hicks St. Thursday morning.

"The West Allis Police Department Communications Center received a call of a disturbance and possible stabbing outside of the Jock Stop Tavern," West Allis Deputy Police Chief Jerry Ponzi said in a news release.  "Upon officers' arrival, they encountered a 36-year-old male outside the tavern who sustained approximately 4 stab wounds.  He was transported to an area hospital where he underwent surgery for non-life threatening injuries."

Officers believe an argument between the suspect and the victim broke out inside the bar. 

"The suspect left the bar after the argument but returned with several acquaintances a short time later," Deputy Chief Ponzi added.  "She encountered the victim outside where they exchanged words.  She stabbed the victim several times and fled with the others.  There is only one assailant and one victim."

Witnesses were able to identify the woman, who was tracked to a home on W. Hicks St.  After a standoff, a total of three women and two men were arrested.

"The suspect will be transported to the Criminal Justice Facility.  The others were questioned and will be released," Deputy Chief Ponzi said.  "The investigation is on going and the case should be ready for a review by the District Attorney’s office within the next several days."

"One of the ladies that actually owns the home, she had stabbed somebody at a local bar," said Rebecca Krizan, who lives in the building where the tactical situation happened, in an interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

"Glad to know she's not going to be here anymore."

Someone who also lives there, Isaiah Sanders, also described the events that led up to the standoff.

"I live right above (the suspect) that got arrested," Sanders told TODAY'S TMJ4's Diane Pathieu.  

"They came from the bar.  Supposedly, they stabbed somebody, and they argued about it for 10-15 minutes.  The whole group went inside, and one of the guys stayed out.  He was going to leave in his car.  As soon as he got in the car, five cops came out of nowhere.  They said, 'Get on the ground,' with guns drawn.  They told all of us to get out of the house."