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Brittany Lawonn, Published January 12 2009

Authorities seeking attempted murder, assault charges for Canadian man in connection with Sunday stabbing and attack on police officer

MOORHEAD – A Canadian man arrested Sunday in connection with a stabbing at a rest area here is now accused of assaulting a police officer while being interviewed about the incident.

Authorities are seeking attempted murder and assault charges against Harmit Bhangu, 32, in connection with the Sunday afternoon stabbing of 51-year-old Dale Morigeau of Ronan, Mont., at a Moorhead Interstate 94 rest stop. Morigeau underwent surgery Sunday for multiple stab wounds and was listed in critical condition Monday, according to an Innovis Health spokeswoman.

While being interviewed by a Moorhead police detective, Bhangu unexpectedly struck the detective in the head with a cast that had been put on his hand hours earlier, according to a news release.

Bhangu, of Chestermere, Alberta, Canada, continued to be violent and uncooperative and had to be subdued with a Taser, the release said.

The injured detective was treated and released and is back on duty, the release said.

A photo of Bhang was not immediately available.

Authorities are seeking charges of second-degree attempted murder and second- and fourth-degree assault on a police officer in connection with the case, the release said.

Police responded to the rest area, about a half-mile east of Moorhead, at 1:37 p.m. Sunday and discovered the attack still in progress.

Several witnesses had secured themselves in another room as the two officers ordered Bhangu to surrender. The man dropped his knife but had to be subdued with a Taser, according to a news release issued Sunday.

Check back with www.inforum.com for updates on the case.



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