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Dave Olson, Published November 04 2013

Man with history of assault convictions arrested in Fargo knife attack

FARGO – A 22-year-old with a history of assault convictions was arrested in Fargo early Sunday after reportedly attacking several people with a knife.

According to Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel:

Officers were called to an apartment in the 2500 block of 15th Street South on a report of an individual with a knife trying to kick down a door.

When officers arrived at the apartment, they found several people inside and asked who had the knife. Several people pointed to an individual, who then began running.

When officers tried to stop him, the man began striking out at officers and police used a stun gun in their efforts to subdue him.

The suspect was eventually placed in custody.

Vettel identified him as Kurtis David Harrington, 22, no permanent address.

Individuals at the apartment told police that after arguing with several people Harrington grabbed a knife and attacked several individuals.

The victims told police that when they ran to a bedroom and closed the door, Harrington used the knife in an attempt to break his way into the room.

Vettel said Harrington faces a number of charges, including assault on a police officer, aggravated assault, preventing arrest and terrorizing.

Harrington was arrested in February after he walked into the kitchen area of the Mezzaluna restaurant in downtown Fargo and attacked workers.

In that case, Harrington pleaded guilty to simple assault and resisting arrest and was sentenced to a total of 90 days.

Cass County District Court records also show Harrington pleaded guilty in August 2012 to charges of simple assault, theft of property and reckless endangerment.

Vettel said in that case Harrington assaulted him after Vettel confronted Harrington for driving recklessly in a stolen car.

Harrington was given a total of 10 months in that case, and was ordered to pay restitution of $6,350.

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