Dispute over can opener leads to man’s arrest on criminal confinement, intimidation charges

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Matthew Coleman

FRANKFORT, Ind. – Police arrested a Frankfort man accused of holding three people at knifepoint after a fight over a can opener.

According to court documents, officers arrived at an apartment at 300 S. Main St. in Frankfort in response to a fight on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The caller reported hearing yelling and screaming coming from the apartment, but police didn’t see anyone outside when they arrived.

They found four men inside an apartment, including Matthew Coleman, 36, who was described as “hostile” when police encountered him.

Coleman took a knife out of his pocket and went into a defensive stance, according to court documents. He eventually complied with a request to put the knife down. Officers had the other occupants of the apartment go outside.

4 Fast Facts

  • Police arrest man on criminal confinement and intimidation charges
  • Officers were called to fight in Frankfort
  • Argument involved three men being held at knifepoint
  • A request to borrow a can opener apparently set off the dispute

Police described Coleman as “highly agitated” and “non-compliant.” He paced and made constant arm and hand movements and was “abusive” in language. Officers kept their distance from Coleman because he was still near the knife.

While the men were leaving, Coleman grabbed one of them by the neck and pushed him out. The man told police that he’d come over to borrow a can opener. At one point, the man said, Coleman “just started yelling and screaming at him for no reason.” He said Coleman pushed him against a wall and held a knife to his throat.

Another witness said Coleman was over at the apartment hanging out and then “flipped out” when the other man came over for the can opener. That witness said Coleman had a knife and yelled while pointing it at everyone in the room. He said it appeared Coleman was “off his medication,” court documents said.

Coleman yelled at officers when they tried to detain him, court documents said, and insisted that he wasn’t going to jail. He did eventually comply and was booked into the Clinton County Jail on charges of criminal confinement and intimidation.

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