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Police: East Grand Forks man injured after break-in

A man who allegedly broke into a neighboring apartment in Grand Forks early Tuesday morning to beat up a man there came away with cuts on his neck and a felony charge, police said.

Joey Lee Wright, 42, East Grand Forks, was charged with burglary, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, according to court documents. He made an initial appearance in state district court in Grand Forks in the afternoon.

Police are still trying to figure out exactly what happened, but it appears there had been some earlier conflict between a “friend” of Wright and the man in the apartment, which was on the 1100 block of 26th Avenue South, court documents say.

Wright was apparently sleeping in an upstairs apartment when this friend woke him up and told him about a physical altercation with the man.

The man told police that Wright pounded on his door before kicking it in and assaulting him. But he fought back with a knife and cut Wright in the neck.

There were evidently three to four other men with Wright, said police Lt. Michael Ferguson, but no other charges are expected. Investigators are, however, looking for a “person of interest” because she may have witnessed what happened, he said.

Police were called around 3:30 a.m., but Wright was already on his way to the hospital when an officer arrived.

The man in the apartment probably was not injured because he didn’t seek medical attention, Ferguson said.

Tu-Uyen Tran
Tran is an enterprise reporter with the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began his newspaper career in 1999 as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, now owned by Forum Communications. He began working for the Forum in September 2014. Tran grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington.
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