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2 charged in weekend stabbing

Editor's note: Because of ongoing computer problems at the Bulloch County Jail, arrest photos for the two suspects were not available Monday.

Police said they arrested two men after one of two victims was stabbed and threatened with a gun early Saturday morning at Willow Bend apartments.

Joshua Slater Riner, 19, of Georgia Highway 192 in Midville, was charged with possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, aggravated assault.

Zachary Andrew Cryder, 18, of Canoochee Bypass in Twin City, was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, marijuana possession.

Statesboro police officers responded to Willow Bend apartments around 2:24 a.m. Saturday where, according to police incident reports, a male victim said a group of men came to the apartment and started fight.

Riner reportedly stabbed one victim with knife and Cryder brandished a gun and threatened to shoot one victim, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said in a news release issued Monday afternoon. After police arrived at the scene, the two offenders were apprehended a short distance away and arrested, reports indicate.

"Prior to arriving, officers received information that the offenders fled the scene in a silver vehicle," Turner said. "Georgia Southern University Police were in the area and performed a traffic stop on the vehicle matching the description given by the complainant."

Statesboro police officers arrived as the traffic stop was in progress, and after further investigation, Cryder and Riner were arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including drug charges, Turner said.

"The two victims of the incident were checked by EMS on scene," he said. "One victim had superficial injuries. The second victim was transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center for lacerations on his head and abdomen. He is currently in stable condition."

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Detective Kevin Weatherly at the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. Anonymous tips may be submitted online at or by sending a text message beginning with "TIPSSPD" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Turner said.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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