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Man charged for allegedly stabbing coffee shop owner in Billings

Posted: 12/06/2017 11:29:00 -07:00 Updated:

Paul Steven Bixby, Jr., who allegedly stabbed a downtown Billings coffee shop owner on Monday, was arrested and charged on Tuesday.

Bixby has been charged with felony assault with a weapon after he allegedly stabbed Larry Heafner, the owner of the Coffee Tavern, on Monday night.

Billings police say that Bixby and a woman entered the business to use the bathroom only. Heafner told them it was not available for non-customers.

After the two left, court documents state they made a scene and Heafner went outside to confront them. 

Heafner told police that Bixby was going to throw something at the window, and that's why he went outside and told them to leave. That's when Bixby became aggressive and spit at Heafner. 

Heafner told him to leave or he'd "kick his ass," court documents state. Bixby then spit in his face, so Heafner punched him.

Bixby then allegedly stabbed Heafner three times, nicking his colon. Witnesses identified Bixby as the assailant and he was later located.

Bixby was found to have fresh blood on his clothing and hands. Police said he was extremely intoxicated. 

Bixby reportedly told police that "the guy" came at him when he walked out the door and he had to use the knife.

Bixby later repeated his claim that "the guy attacked" him. Police arrested Bixby and took him to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

Heafner underwent surgery on Tuesday morning and is now recovering.

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