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Forum News Service, Published December 04 2013

Two men charged in Jamestown stabbing

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Two North Dakota men face charges in a Thanksgiving Day stabbing in Jamestown.

Ernest Castillo, 35, of Jamestown, and Shawn Laber, 26, of Mohall, were each charged Friday in Southeast District Court with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, both Class C felonies. They were being held in the Stutsman County Correctional Center on $1,000 cash bond.

Jamestown police arrested the men Nov. 28 after police were called to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center as the staff was treating a man who had been stabbed in the neck.

Court documents say Castillo and Laber were involved in an altercation with a 36-year-old Jamestown man at a residence. The man was dating a former girlfriend of Castillo, the documents say, and he went to the residence to talk with Castillo about “threatening statements” Castillo allegedly made about the man.

When the man arrived, Castillo and Laber attacked him, court documents say, with Laber stabbing the man with a steak knife and wounding his neck.

A bond reduction hearing for Labor is scheduled for today. Castillo is scheduled for an arraignment and/or preliminary hearing Jan. 2.