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White charged with second-degree assault

Timothy Lee White, 18, of Bemidji, was charged Tuesday with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

White is accused of stabbing Michael Hesch, 19, of Bemidji, on Saturday during a fight on the 3000 block of Archery Road Northwest.

According to the criminal complaint, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a stabbing at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday on Archery Road Northwest. Upon deputies' arrival, they found Hesch with a 1-inch stab wound in his neck and a 3-4-inch stab wound on the right side of his chest, the complaint said.

Hesch told deputies that he had been in a fight with White, who had taken out a knife and threatened to "come after him" several times, the complaint said.

A witness told deputies that he broke up the fight and took the knife from White, the complaint said.

The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office K-9 officer assisted in the search for White. While checking a nearby residence, law enforcement personnel found a crying woman, who said White had been there but left and she didn't know where he went, the complaint said.

Deputies then found a large hole in the trailer home which led underneath the home, and the K-9 indicated that someone was inside, the complaint said. White was located and arrested.

Hesch, at North Country Regional Hospital, told deputies that White had "disrespected" him and the two fought, the complaint said. White pulled a knife on Hesch during the fight and stabbed him several times, the complaint said.

During an interview, White said he pulled out a pocket knife after Hesch hit him, the complaint said. He ran to a nearby home and Hesch followed him, the complaint said. White grabbed a kitchen knife from the home and forced Hesch into the driveway, where he admitted to stabbing him several times with the kitchen knife, the complaint said.

If convicted, White faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine.