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Published February 08, 2013, 02:59 PM

Police make arrest in north Fargo stabbing

FARGO – Police arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with a north Fargo stabbing this morning that prompted police to surround a home for hours.

By: Erik Burgess, Forum News Service, Forum News Service

FARGO – Police arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with a north Fargo stabbing this morning that prompted police to surround a home for hours.

Ashley Kenneth Hunter of Fargo was taken into custody on suspicion of aggravated assault after police say he stabbed a man in the 700 block of Third Street North this morning.

Police spent about 90 minutes executing a search warrant this morning at the north Fargo home where the incident took place, looking for the knife used in the alleged assault, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

Vettel wouldn’t say if the knife was found, but he did say evidence was taken from the residence.

According to Vettel, a male called police just after 4 a.m. from the 700 block of Third Street North saying he had been assaulted and that he was naked in the street.

“It sounds like he had to flee the apartment to escape the assault,” Vettel said.

The victim told police he got into a verbal fight with another man in a nearby residence when the man pulled a knife. Police responded to the scene, and found the man had stab wounds on his arm. Vettel said he was hospitalized with non-serious injuries.

Officers then set up and perimeter around the residence and sought a search warrant for the home.

After police attempted to contact people inside the house and prepared to execute the search, Hunter and two women came out about 9 a.m., Vettel said.

Police questioned the trio before searching the home.

Hunter also has an unrelated warrant for his arrest. Vettel said it’s a warrant of attachment, which typically stems from unpaid child support.

“We’re still investigating what exactly happened inside,” he said.

Aggravated assault is a Class C felony punishable upon conviction by up to 5 years in prison, a $5,000 or both.

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