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Published May 22 2010

Two men stabbed after bar closing

Fargo police are investigating whether two stabbings are related after both victims said they had been at the same bar shortly before the incidents.

Both stabbings were reported by Innovis Health, where the victims were taken for treatment of wounds not believed to be life threatening, Sgt. Mark Lykken said.

Police responded at 2:05 a.m. Friday to the first report regarding a 21-year-old man from Fargo who was stabbed in the abdomen.

The victim told police he was at The Hub, 2525 9th Ave. S., and when it closed, he walked across the street to the Big Top Bingo parking lot to wait for a ride. He said he was stabbed by an unknown male who came up behind him.

The second stabbing was reported shortly after the first. The victim, a 22-year-old Minot, N.D., man, told police he and a friend had been in an argument with another group of people at The Hub.

They left the bar and were driving to a residence when a vehicle rammed them from behind. Both vehicles pulled into the Stop-N-Go at 2002 25th St. S., and a group of males got out of the ramming vehicle and attacked the victim and his friend, a 21-year-old man also from Minot.

The victim told police he was hit in the head and doesn’t remember anything after that. It appears he was stabbed more than once, Lykken said.

The victim’s friend was struck in the head with pieces of firewood.

Police are investigating whether the stabbing victims may have had contact with each other at the bar’s closing time, Lykken said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528