Augusta man accused of stabbing bar employee

An Augusta man is accused of stabbing an employee at The Playground during a fight at the bar early Sat­ur­­day.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies arriving at the Broad Street bar at 2:14 a.m. learned that Christian Vil­lalba, 24, and Jorge Vil­lalba, 29, had been fighting in the back, an incident report said.

Witnesses said Christian Vil­lalba waved a wood- and silver-handled pocket knife with a 2-inch blade. Nathan Hagy, 28, was stabbed in the hip when he tried to break up the fight, the report said.

The Villalbas – who share an address but whose relationship wasn’t specified in the report – fled with an unidentified third suspect and left the knife near the bar’s entrance.

Christian Villalba was arrested and faces felony charges of aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, jail records show.

Hagy, who said he was also punched in the face during the altercation, was treated at Georgia Regents Medi­cal Center.

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