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UPDATED: Redby man in custody in stabbing incident


BEMIDJI -- A 23-year-old Redby man has been arrested in a stabbing incident Thursday night in Grant Valley Township.

At 9:20 p.m. Thursday, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a resident in the 1200 block of Averi Circle saying a male suspected had just stabbed a homeowner and fled the scene, according to a release from Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp.

According to the release, Orland Spears had asked the 71-year-old male homeowner if he could use his telephone. The man allowed Spears to make the phone call from outside his front door. After the call was completed, the man closed his front door and turned away when officials say Spears then broke through the door and stabbed the man twice in the chest and fled on foot from the scene. When officers from the sheriff's office and the Bemidji Police Department arrived, first aid was administered to the homeowner who was later transported to Sanford Bemidji emergency department. He was listed in fair condition Friday afternoon, according to a Sanford Bemidji spokesperson. 

A manhunt ensued and the sheriff's office issued a CodeRED alert Thursday evening to area residents with a description of the man. The Beltrami County K-9 officer was called to the scene and began tracking the suspect through nearby woods, officials said.

After several hours, however, the canine lost the suspect's scent in the heavily wooded area, the sheriff's office said.

Just after 5 a.m., the Beltrami County Communications Center began receiving telephone calls from area citizens reporting the suspect walking around nearby homes. Sheriff's deputies arrived at a residence where Spears had just entered a garage. Deputies entered the residence and confronted Spears, who refused commands to lower his knife and surrender, officials said. The K-9 officer released the canine and Spears was apprehended after the dog took him down, the sheriff's office said. Spears was arrested and transported to the emergency room for his injuries and then placed into custody at the Beltrami County Jail. The investigation will be presented to the Beltrami County Attorney's Office for possible serious assault and burglary charges, the release said.

During its investigation, officials said they learned that Spears had allegedly stolen a car on the Red Lake reservation, which he used to drive to the neighborhood, according to the press release.