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Published October 23 2010

Suspect sought in Moorhead stabbing

Police were looking for a suspect in south Moorhead on Friday in connection with an early morning stabbing.

According to Lt. Tory Jacobson:

The alleged victim, Jason Keller, 34, of West Fargo, called 911 at 3:05 a.m., saying he’d been stabbed at 505 32nd Ave. S.

He was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health with a stab wound in his left rib area and in the stomach just below his rib cage, injuries police said aren’t life-threatening.

While en route, police learned that the suspect had left the scene in a white pickup. An officer met a white pickup traveling eastbound on 30th Avenue South and tried to stop it, but the pickup sped up and turned into the Heatherwood Circle area off Village Green Boulevard and stopped at the end of a cul-de-sac.

The male driver fled on foot. He’s described as an adult Native American or Hispanic male in his mid-30s. His clothing isn’t known because he shed a sweatshirt while running.

The pickup’s male passenger was taken into custody and is being interviewed by investigators.

Police believe the suspect and Keller knew each other and that it wasn’t a random act of violence, Jacobson said. He said he couldn’t discuss a possible motive. Keller has talked with investigators, he said.

The stabbing took place in the parking lot at 505 32nd Ave. S. when the two vehicles were alongside each other.

Jacobson said there’s no indication that the suspect is a threat to the general public at this time. Officers checked the Village Green area but were unable to locate him.

Police asked anyone living in the Village Green area who noticed that their property was disturbed or who found abandoned property such as clothing to contact Moorhead Police at (701) 451-7660.


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