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Erik Burgess, Published February 08 2013

33-year-old accused in north Fargo stabbing

FARGO – Police arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with a north Fargo stabbing Friday morning.

Ashley Kenneth Hunter, of Fargo, was taken into custody on suspicion of aggravated assault after police say he stabbed a man in the 700 block of Third Street North.

Police spent about 90 minutes executing a search warrant at the north Fargo home where the incident took place, looking for the knife used in the alleged assault, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

Vettel wouldn’t say if the knife was found, but he did say evidence was taken from the residence.

According to Vettel, a male called police just after 4 a.m. from the 700 block of Third Street North saying he had been assaulted and that he was naked in the street.

“It sounds like he had to flee the apartment to escape the assault,” Vettel said.

The victim told police he got into a verbal fight with another man in a nearby residence when the man pulled a knife. Police responded to the scene, and found the man had stab wounds on his arm. Vettel said he was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers then set up and perimeter around the residence and sought a search warrant for the home.

After police attempted to contact people inside the house and prepared to execute the search, Hunter and two women came out about 9 a.m., Vettel said.

Police questioned the trio before searching the home.

Hunter also has an unrelated warrant for his arrest. Vettel said it was a warrant of attachment, which he said often stems from unpaid child support.

“We’re still investigating what exactly happened inside,” he said.

Hunter’s criminal history in North Dakota includes numerous theft convictions and an earlier aggravated assault conviction in 2010 in Burleigh County. He was also convicted in 2004 of robbery in Polk County, Minn.

Aggravated assault is a Class C felony punishable upon conviction by up to 5 years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.

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