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Published March 20, 2012, 04:29 PM

Wahpeton man accused of assaulting two people with a knife

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - A Wahpeton man is in jail, accused of assaulting two people. 24-year-old James McLaren is in the Richland County jail, accused of assaulting two people with a knife.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - A Wahpeton man is in jail, accused of assaulting two people. 24-year-old James McLaren is in the Richland County jail, accused of assaulting two people with a knife.

One victim has a cut on his forearm, the other, his right hand. It happened around one thirty Sunday morning, at the Firehouse Pub. Police say suspects and victims were scuffling.

When police arrived, people were holding back McLaren, to stop him from leaving. The police chief says despite four stabbings in the city in the past five months, Wahpeton is still safe.

CHIEF SCOTT THORSTEINSON - Wahpeton Police: “The world in general has changed. I don't think you are any less safe in Wahpeton than you are anywhere else in North Dakota."

Three of those four stabbings are alcohol related.

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