Stephen Raye Zieseniss, 36, was arrested after a stabbing that occurred at Hat Tricks bar in the 100 block of east Corporate drive just after midnight Sunday morning. Lewisville Police Captain Mike Lane said two men got into an altercation there, and Zieseniss pulled a small knife and cut the victim, Chad Jarmon.
According to police radio traffic from the incident, a male victim was stabbed in the arm. Paramedics found three stab wounds. Lane said medics transported Jarmon to Medical City Lewisville and that the wounds were not life threatening.
After the assault, Zieseniss left the scene headed east on Corporate Drive towards I-35E. Police were able to stop him on the cloverleaf to northbound I-35E. Once police made contact, they discovered that Zieseniss had a small wound from the altercation. He refused transport to the hospital and was transported to jail instead.
Lane did not have information on what started the altercation, but Hat Tricks owner Jason McDermott said the incident began at a concert there when the victim allegedly took a chair from the table belonging to Zeiseniss and two others who he said were from Pleasant Grove. He said both parties were kicked out of the bar, and that he and his staff did not see a knife in the altercation.
McDermott said both groups were removed separately with one out the front of the building and one group held in the back. He said both parties paid their tabs and apologized for the verbal confrontation in the bar. “I thought it was completely defused,” McDermott said.
At some point the two groups got back into the fight off-property. McDermott said he called the police and offered first aid to the victim, letting him back into the property until first responders arrived.
“Since this happened outside the property, I strongly feel I kept all the patrons on my property very safe and did everything possible to avoid it,” McDermott said.
“The vast majority inside having a good time watching the concert didn’t even realize anything occurred.”
Zieseniss is held in Denton County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Lewisville records showed he had $853.43 in traffic-related warrants.
This story has been updated throughout with additional information from the owner of the establishment. An earlier version reported he was held on $1,500 bail, based on information from Lewisville’s jail report, but that amount has since increased to $15,000.