Shopkeeper, Samaritan Stabbed in Apparent Armed Robbery

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, August 13 2013 at 5:32 PM, Updated: Tue, August 13 2013 at 5:42 PM

A good samaritan was stabbed while trying to help a Klamath Falls shopkeeper during an apparent armed robbery this morning...the incident happened just across the street from the Klamath County Courthouse.

It all happened just after 11 this morning, when 2 suspects entered 'Frames and More' at 3rd and Main.

Daniela Sonnino of KLAD radio says that a shopkeeper and a man that tried to help her were both stabbed in the incident...

"She was working in the frame shop, and two people came in, I guess a guy in black that's in one of the police cars - and a gal in a red dress - and they tried to rob her, with a knife and a pair of scissors."

Lieutenant Rob Dentinger of the Klamath Falls Police Department says that police are still trying to piece together just what happened...

"It appears that it was an armed robbery attempt.  It appears that the tenant put up a fight, and a bystander helped out."

Off-duty Bonanza EMT Ed Freitag was one of the first responders...

"Put paper towels, put pressure on his head, make sure the bleeding is stopped until paramedics arrive.  Then, all I see is cops trying to take down two suspects, two people on the far side of the street."

19 year old suspect Dylan Botle was taken into custody by police.

The female suspect has been identified as 18 year old Megan Steward.

The injuries suffered by the shopkeeper and bystander aren't believed to be life-threatening.


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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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