Man charged in Coon Rapids stabbing incident arrested in St. Paul

A man, who faces two felony charges in Anoka County District Court in the wake of a stabbing incident in Coon Rapids April 3, has been arrested in St. Paul.

The Anoka County Attorney’s Office April 9 filed second- and third-degree assault charges against Jason Wesley Sanford, 36, St. Paul.

A warrant was issued for Sanford’s arrest.

He has since been arrested by St. Paul Police and is being held in the Ramsey County Jail for violating a protection order in Ramsey County as well as the Anoka County charges.

Shortly after midnight April 3, Coon Rapids Police responded to a stabbing report at a residence on Partridge Street where they met a man and woman.

According to the complaint, the woman told police she was in process of moving out of the apartment she shared with the man and had asked Sanford, who she had met through a friend, to help her pick up some property from the residence.

As she was loading items into the car, she alleged she heard Sanford and the man arguing, which escalated into a physical fight in which she saw Sanford and the man punching each other.

The complaint alleges that at some point she heard the man scream that he had been cut and he was bleeding heavily from his back.

Sanford allegedly jumped into the car and when the woman said she was going to call the police, he fled in the vehicle.

The man had a puncture wound on the left side of his back, just below his shoulder blade, which was bleeding profusely and he was taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the complaint.

The victim had to have stitches to close the stab wound to his back and also had a six-inch gash on his left side, which also appeared to have been caused by the blade of a knife.

In a statement to police, the man alleged that Sanford had “got into his face” and the two of them began to physically fight.

The man alleged that Sanford told him that he had a gun and made a move like he was reaching into his pocket, then he described being stabbed in the back and feeling something warm running down his back.

A folding knife was located in the front yard of the residence by police with apparent blood on its blade.

Police contacted Sanford by phone, but he failed to show up for a scheduled interview with officers to make a statement.

According to court records, Sanford has a long criminal history dating back to 1994 when he was sent to prison for 21 months after pleading guilty to a second-degree assault charge in Ramsey County District Court.

He was also given prison time, 23 months, on a third-degree burglary conviction in Stearns County in 2005.

Most recently, he pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court Oct. 18, 2012, to a felony domestic assault charge in a plea agreement in which a felony second-degree assault count was dismissed.

Sanford was placed on probation for five years and jailed for 270 days.

Peter Bodley is at
peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

 

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