Flirtatious joke allegedly culminated in personal injury attorney stabbing man at W Hotel

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Personal injury attorney Michael Riehm (right) allegedly stabbed a man in the Foshay Tower (aka W Minneapolis).
Twin Cities-based personal injury Michael Riehm faces a felony assault charge for allegedly stabbing a man with a steak knife at the W Hotel in downtown Minneapolis  around bar close time on New Year's Day.

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The stabbing allegedly occurred following a dispute involving Riehm and his wife on one hand and the victim and his girlfriend on the other that escalated from flirtatious joking to a lung deflated by a puncture wound.

Authorities say it began when Heather Griego, identified in the criminal complaint as Riehm's wife, complimented the appearance of the victim's girlfriend at a hotel bar (the criminal complaint doesn't specify whether the mayhem went down in the Living Room or Prohibition). In response, the victim told Griego "his girlfriend was already taken."

"This comment upset Griego and her husband," the complaint says. "The victim reported a shoving match ensued between himself and [Riehm] but the altercation was broken up by bar security."

That was far from the end of the confrontation, however.

"The victim reported that some time later Griego approached him and attempted to kick him in the groin," the complaint continues. "The victim and Griego got into a physical altercation and defendant attempted to intervene on behalf of his wife."

Though that melee was also broken up by security, as the victim prepared exited the bar and entered the hotel lobby, Riehm allegedly approached him and "thrust at his rib cage."

(For more, click to page two.)


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ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

I thought you had to be smart to be a lawyer. Oh well.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

I am pretty sure the two couples were downtown attending a MENSA function. We all know MENSA has a long and storied history of promoting thoughtless acts of random violence. We should outlaw MENSA or at least designate them as a hate/terrorist group.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

That's straight up attempted murder right there. Unfortunately since he's a lawyer it will get dropped down multiple levels and maybe, maybe, he'll do a few months. Most likely he'll just be on probation and have to sit through a few AA meetings.

Suzy Martin
Suzy Martin

Actually, they reproached the crime scene not to get the stake knife used in the assault but to see if the victim needed representation for his personal injury claim due to the stabbing.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

I wonder what the intent of the compliment was?  Maybe they were trolling for a swap and the couple was offended by the compliment.  Ether way, the lawyer will be prosecuted and sued for personal injury, oh-the-irony.  


The wifey of the stabbin'-lawyer may want to run to divorce court.  This guy angry enough and is willing to stab someone in the chest, not to forget the groin kick, and this incident is probably a great predictor of the future.  


Dave Saline
Dave Saline

Too Bad~ Johnny Cochran has Passed He would have Loved to defend another Slime-Ball

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

Personal injury lawyer stabs a man, then becomes the injured man's lawyer to keep his winning streak intact?

Joshua Dorrian
Joshua Dorrian

Steak knives aren't the problem this all started over a compliment, compliments are the real enemy.

Chad Nordstrom
Chad Nordstrom

End the bloodshed. It's long past time we banned steak knives!

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

The reader comments are even funnier. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

ban compliments.

braidedmerkin
braidedmerkin

Or, ala NRA, require everyone to conceal-carry a steak knife.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

@braidedmerkin That would create a market for a hand tooled pure Corinthian leather conceal and carry steak knife holsters and other steak knife accessories.

braidedmerkin
braidedmerkin

@ron.fresquez @braidedmerkin "They'll have to pry my steak knife from my cold dead hands."

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