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Trial set for Cloquet man who stabbed himself while warrant was served in Bemidji

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

By Jana Peterson

Forum News Service

CARLTON, Minn. -- A Cloquet man who stabbed himself in the chest three times when law enforcement tried to serve him with a warrant in the Bemidji area has been charged with criminal sexual conduct.

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Wendell Lee Olson, 44, was charged in Carlton County Court with third-degree felony criminal sexual conduct, because he allegedly engaged in sexual penetration with a person who was between the ages of 13 and 16 years old.

A jury trial for Olson is set for May 12.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Oct. 15, 2013, a Cloquet Police detective and a child protection officer responded to Cloquet High School to speak with a 15-year-old girl, who was pregnant. The unidentified girl said she’d had sexual intercourse with her mother’s live-in boyfriend, identified as Olson, and he was the father.

Since then, according to the criminal complaint, the baby has been born and DNA samples were collected for comparison with the defendant’s DNA.

A warrant was issued for Olson Jan. 27 and police discovered the next day he was staying at a Bemidji-area residence. However, when sheriff’s investigators and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents arrived at the home two miles west of Bemidji, Olson barricaded himself in a bedroom and stabbed himself with a steak knife three times in the chest, according to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp.

Officers said they heard the sound of a gun being readied for firing and called for additional back-up officers, according to a release issued from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators and agents were able to talk Olson into surrendering.

“We’re glad nobody else in the house was hurt in the incident,” Hodapp said.

Olson was transported to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, then flown to Sanford in Fargo for additional treatment of his self-inflicted wounds.

A second man, Virgil Lee Roy, 46, of Bemidji was arrested on theft charges out of Beltrami and Becker counties. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office said Olson was a guest at Roy’s residence.

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