A man sustained multiple stab wounds after being attacked by the ex-boyfriend of his girlfriend in a south side residence in the early hours of Thursday, Sept. 19.
Andrew K. Asmussen, age 21 of Princeton, sustained several stab wounds, two of which punctured his liver and spleen.
Twenty-six-year-old Eugene Derez Simon, Princeton was later arrested. Simon was charged Friday, Sept. 30 in Mille Lacs County District Court with three felony assault charges, including first degree assault causing great bodily harm, second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and third degree assault causing great bodily harm. The first degree assault charge, the most serious, carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
Princeton Police were called to the 300 block of South Seventh Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 19 on a report of a stabbing. Responding officers found Asmussen at the top of the stairs holding a bloody towel to the front of his body, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs county District Court. An officer had Asmussen remove the towel, which uncovered multiple stab wounds, the report states. The officer applied first aid until an ambulance arrived.
Simon, who was identified as the stabbing suspect, had left the scene in a vehicle. He was later taken into custody in Sherburne County and handed over to Princeton officers. Simon was then booked into the Mille Lacs County Jail.
A female at the residence said she and Asmussen were sleeping in a bedroom when she heard a back door open. Inside the residence she found Simon, whom she said she previously dated. She told police the two had recently broken up.
Simon allegedly told the female he was there to pick up some of his belongings, the complaint states.
The woman told Simon to leave because it was not an appropriate time for him to be there, she told officers. Simon allegedly ignored her and continued to gather his belongings. He made several trips outside with his belongings, the complaint states.
Asmussen got up to use the restroom, the female told officers. She soon heard the two fighting and saw Simon with a knife in his hand, the complaint states. Asmussen was interviewed by Princeton Police at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, where he was transferred after first being taken by ambulance to Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton.
Asmussen said he had brushed up against Simon in a hallway after getting up to use the bathroom. Asmussen said he thought Simon was punching him. He then realized he wasn’t being punched, but instead was being stabbed, the complaint states.
Simon allegedly admitted in an interview after his arrest that he had stabbed Asmussen, the complaint states. However, Simon alleged that it was Asmussen who pulled a knife on him first.
But investigators never found a second knife at the residence, nor did Simon suffer any injuries. The knife Simon used to stab Asmussen was found outside the residence on South Seventh Avenue, the complaint states.