Teen stabbed in Dickinson, N.D.
A 17-year-old girl was injured when she was stabbed in the back by her ex-boyfriend Saturday, according to the Dickinson Police Department. Donald Young, 19, Dickinson, faces five charges, including felony attempted murder, for hitting and stabbi...
A 17-year-old girl was injured when she was stabbed in the back by her ex-boyfriend Saturday, according to the Dickinson Police Department.
Donald Young, 19, Dickinson, faces five charges, including felony attempted murder, for hitting and stabbing the teen, hitting a 16-year-old female and shooting a rifle in a mobile home on B Street in Dickinson, according to DPD.
"This was a domestic-type of situation where this Mr. Young was involved with this 17-year-old female and they were basically breaking up and she was there to gather her belongings from the residence," said DPD Capt. Joe Cianni. "So they began in a verbal confrontation about her gathering her belongings and their breakup in general."
The teen who was stabbed does not appear to have been residing in the trailer, he said.
"I believe she just had some things there," Cianni said. "I believe the victim was a South Heart resident."
The incident occurred at Young's parents' house, he added.
"The stabbing actually occurred in the bedroom area of the residence," Cianni said.
Young allegedly struck the 16-year-old in the face, causing a bloody lip, struck his ex-girlfriend in the face and stabbed her with a four-inch blade, according to Young's criminal complaint.
Seven or eight people were in the trailer during the incident, Cianni added.
He described the 17-year-old's injuries as serious but said they are not believed to be life threatening.
"After the girl was stabbed, she runs out, he grabs a rifle and shoots, fires it at the floor," Stark County Assistant State's Attorney Jim Hope said.
Young and his father were struggling over the gun after his father tried to take it away from him when Young allegedly fired a second time, Hope said.
"This shot was fired into a closet and went up into the ceiling," Hope said. "The chance of a serious injury in the second one was much higher than in the first one."
Young was charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment for the first shot, but felony reckless endangerment for the second shot.
"You never know where those bullets are going to go," Hope said. "You never know what they're going to ricochet off."
Young also faces two counts of simple assault for striking the teens, according to his complaint.
It is unclear where the female teens Young allegedly assaulted were when the shots were fired, Cianni said.
"We don't believe they were in the residence when that occurred," he said. "I believe they were still nearby, but I can't verify that."
A Stark County courtroom was periodically interrupted by weeping as some who attended Young's bond hearing Monday struggled to maintain composure.
A judge set Young's bond at $250,000 during the hearing.
"I think it's very unfair," Young said at the hearing he attended via interactive television while at the Southwest Multi County Correction Center. "I've never had any criminal record or anything against my name at all. I've never had any charges or anything brought up against me. I think $250,000 is ridiculous."
Hope said the amount was high, but that the circumstances warranted it.
"Number one, this particular incident that led to all these charges arose out of a boy-girl relationship that had broken up, so historically this context is very troublesome to the court system," Hope said.
Young also allegedly intended to harm himself as well, Hope said.
"It seems we just have a tremendously unstable situation," Hope said.
Young is also not allowed to contact the alleged victims of the incident. He asked Judge William Herauf if that included phone calls and Herauf said yes.
Young plans to apply for a court-appointed attorney.