George Michael Stanko

George Michael Stanko

A Tunnel Hill man recently got more than he bargained for when he was tackled to the ground by a woman after he allegedly pulled a knife and threatened to stab her, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department:

George Michael Stanko, 39, of Ashley Lane, was arrested Dec. 21 on charges of aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts. He has since been released from jail on bond.

The woman's display of self-defense was initiated by threats that occurred following an argument at Stanko's home.

Cpl. Deric North says he responded to the domestic dispute call just before 9 p.m. on Dec. 21, and spoke with the victim who claimed an intoxicated Stanko pulled a knife on her.

The woman said she was at the residence visiting her mother when a gathering of conversation and drinks turned violent.

"She stated all parties were drinking alcohol and talking, at which time she and Mr. Stanko began arguing," Cpl. North said.

The woman claimed that, during the argument, Stanko knocked over a pot of water and then pulled out a knife before cursing at her, using a racial slur, and then threatening to stab her.

"The victim stated she then grabbed Mr. Stanko and took him to the ground to prevent injury to herself or others," North said.

Witnesses at the scene corroborated the story of Stanko pulling the knife and threatening to stab the woman.

One witness said, "she grabbed him by the throat and took him down for her protection".

North says Stanko appeared to be "very intoxicated," but that he denied threatening the woman.

"Mr. Stanko denied pulling a knife and kept saying he did not do anything," North said. "He stated he just wanted her to leave and she pushed him down."

North says he located the kitchen knife Stanko allegedly used, and was able to transport him to jail without further incident.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.