Man arrested in stabbing

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 23, 2005

An Orrville man is in the Dallas County Jail after allegedly stabbing an acquaintance in a barroom brawl.

“I would have to assume alcohol was a contributing factor,” Captain Roy Freine, of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, said.

Freine said the stabbing happened early Sunday morning, at about 2 a.m.

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Sherman Gragg, a 21-year-old Orrville man, got into an argument with Terrell “Tiki-Boo” Rayford at Jerry’s Place, an Orrville bar, Freine said.

The argument ended, according to Freine, when Rayford stabbed Gragg.

“My baby boy and him got into it,” Lena Gragg, Sherman’s mother said.

Gragg’s mother wasn’t at the bar at the time of the stabbing, but rushed to the hospital as soon as she found out.

“Me and my daughter and my son-in-law was flying like a bat out of hell,” she said.

Rayford was later arrested at his home on County Road 33. He was charged with first-degree assault and is in the Dallas County Jail.

His bond was set at $10,000. The case is still under investigation.

“The detective got the knife he was (allegedly) cutting with,” Lena said.

She said her son and Rayford argued before.

Gragg was taken to Vaughan Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and admitted.

Vaughan officials listed Gragg’s condition as fair.

His mother said he suffered from four different wounds, in both sides of his chest and the navel.

“He had a punctured lung,” she said.

She said the wounds caused internal bleeding and a chest tub was inserted Sunday morning.

“They took the tube out of him today,” she said. “He’s sleeping off and on. He’s in pain.”

Lena said she didn’t know when Gragg would be discharged from the hospital.