Published on April 4th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Backus man charged with allegedly stabbing roommate
A 49-year-old man, who was armed with two knives and allegedly stabbed his 55-year-old male roommate Sunday at their Backus home along Highway 371 in Cass County, was charged Tuesday in Cass County District Court.
Loren Leroy Rice – who also is accused of threatening to stab a deputy – was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felony domestic assault and making terroristic threats using reckless disregard risk. Rice is accused of stabbing Richard Thomas Knutson, who was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital. Knutson was listed in good condition Monday, but Tuesday the hospital had no information on the man.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Rice:
The Cass County Sheriff’s Department were called to a reported stabbing at 7 p.m. Sunday at the residence on Highway 371 in Backus. Upon arrival at the scene, officers repeatedly ordered Rice to come out of the residence. Rice responded by saying, “What do you want?” but he would not comply. After several minutes, Knutson came out of the residence holding his stomach. He was bleeding severely from a belly wound consistent with being stabbed with a knife. Authorities assisted Knutson away from the residence and medical assistance was requested for him.
Eventually Rice came out of the residence. A deputy ordered him to keep his hands in the air and turn away from the officers. He refused to comply and kept saying he had not done anything. Eventually officers were able to take Rice into custody. Rice tried repeatedly to talk with Knutson while he was waiting for medical assistance. Rice kept telling Knutson, “Nothing happened.”
Officers intervened and kept Rice away from Knutson.
In a recorded statement to the deputy on Monday, Knutson reported that he and Rice are roommates. Knutson said that he and Rice were both at the residence on Sunday. They were standing near the coffee table when Rice stabbed him without warning or provocation.
Knutson also stated that after Rice stabbed him, law enforcement arrived. He could hear the officers pounding on the door, and Rice told Knutson not to let them in. Rice was standing in front of the door so Knutson could not open it for the officers.
In December of 2004, Rice was convicted with fourth-degree assault and gross misdemeanor domestic assault – repeat offender in Wright County and convicted of terroristic threats in March of 2004 in Wright County.
Source: brainerddispatch.com “Backus man charged with allegedly stabbing roommate,” April 2, 2013.