A 37-year-old Brainerd man was arrested early Monday following an altercation in which he is accused of stabbing his neighbor in the neck with a knife.
Officers from the Brainerd Police Department and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department received a call of the stabbing at 2:38 a.m. Monday at an apartment building on the 200 block of North Seventh Street in north Brainerd, Police Chief John Bolduc said.
The suspect, David Charles Erickson, was arrested without incident and is being held in the Crow Wing County jail on probable cause of felony first-degree assault. Formal criminal charges are expected to be filed Tuesday or Wednesday, Bolduc said.
The victim, 24-year-old Jason Arnzen, was reported in good condition Monday afternoon at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Erickson and Arnzen live in apartments across the hall from each other, Bolduc said. The altercation between the two men and the stabbing took place in Erickson's apartment, Bolduc said. He added it was unclear what led to the assault.
"Clearly they were acquainted with one another but we're not sure to what extent they were friends or just neighbors," Bolduc said.
Alcohol appears to be a factor in the assault, Bolduc said, but investigators needed to review statements to determine what led to the fight between the two men.
Though other people were in Arnzen's apartment early Monday, only Arnzen and Erickson were in Erickson's apartment at the time of the stabbing, Bolduc said. After the stabbing, Bolduc said Arnzen was able to escape and get back to his apartment. Erickson called 911, he added.
According to a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension criminal report, Erickson has several previous criminal convictions in Minnesota, including for felony burglary and felony aggravated robbery in 1990, misdemeanor driving while impaired in 2001 and felony firearm violation.
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