Two East Grand Forks men are facing felony charges after police said they were found covered in blood shortly after a stabbing early on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Officers were called to the 2500 block of 14th Avenue South around 1:30 a.m. because a man reported he had been stabbed, a press release said. The victim described the men who attacked him before he was taken by ambulance to Altru Hospital, where a court document said he was treated for a laceration to his leg and stomach. He then underwent surgery, an affidavit said.
Police said they set up a perimeter and searched with K9s. Aurelio B. Carrizales, 20, and Brenton Joseph Headbird-Wenell, 22, were found near the 1100 block of South 20th Street. Officers said Carrizales was wearing a bloodied jacket and also had blood on his sweatpants and hand.
The men agreed to talk with police and Carrizales told officers they had planned to rob the victim, according to the affidavit.
Carrizales allegedly told police Headbird-Wenell stabbed the victim, but the affidavit said Headbird-Wenell told officers he held the victim by his shoulders while Carrizales cut him.
The men allegedly took the victim’s cellphone and jacket.
Headbird-Wenell threw the knife from the area before they fled, according to the affidavit. Police found a folding-type knife matching his description north of the apartment complex near the bike path, the affidavit said.
Both men appeared in court on Monday and are facing charges of robbery and aggravated assault. The robbery charge holds a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and another five years could be added for assault. They are scheduled to enter a plea on Nov. 12.