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Area resident arrested in stabbing

A 49-year-old Backus man was charged in Cass County District Court for allegedly stabbing his roommate Sunday, March 31, at a residence off Highway 371 in rural Backus.

Loren “George” Leroy Rice was charged with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felony domestic assault and making terroristic threats.

The victim, Richard Thomas Knutson, 55, Backus, was listed in good condition Monday at St. Cloud Hospital.

The incident was reported at approximately 6:15 p.m. March 31. When law enforcement arrived, Rice was reportedly still inside the residence armed with two knives, according to the criminal complaint. He initially refused to comply with orders to come out of the residence.

Knutson exited the residence first, holding a wound in his stomach. While Knutson was awaiting medical assistance, Rice came out of the residence and refused to comply with officers’ orders to put his hands in the air and turn around, the complaint said.

Knutson was transported by air to St. Cloud Hospital, and Rice was transported to jail. En route Rice began kicking the doors of the squad car and banging his head on the partition, the complaint said. Rice also threatened to stab the deputy driving the car, the complaint said.

A bloody knife was found on a table in the living room of the residence and taken into evidence. In the criminal complaint, a friend of Knutson alleged that Rice had also struck Knutson in the stomach with an ax around Thanksgiving.

Within the past 10 years Rice has been convicted for two instances of felony domestic assault, one instance of felony domestic abuse-violation of order for protection, one fourth-degree assault, one gross misdemeanor domestic assault, and one instance of making terroristic threats.