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UPDATE: Grand Forks man arrested in connection with stabbing death

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Law enforcement stand outside an apartment building Friday where a stabbing took place on the 1100 block of 26th Avenue South in Grand Forks. (Tim Albrecht | Forum News Service) 2 / 3
Investigators take pictures of the license plate of a truck Friday at the scene of a stabbing at an apartment building on the 1100 block of 26th Avenue South in Grand Forks. (Tim Albrecht | Forum News Service) 3 / 3

GRAND FORKS -- Police have arrested a man in connection with a stabbing death in south Grand Forks early Friday morning.

Nicolas Peralez Jr., 36, Grand Forks, faces a murder charge in the death of a 31-year-old Grand Forks man, according to police.

The victim died Friday morning after fleeing from a fight that left him with multiple stab wounds, according to police.

The man, who has not been identified by police, was allegedly stabbed during a fight with Peralez at the victim's apartment in the 1100 block of 26th Avenue South. He then drove from the area and crashed his car two blocks away.

Police responded to the crash at 5:28 a.m. in the 2300 block of South 12th Street and quickly determined he had been stabbed "multiple times," according to a new release. Altru paramedics and Grand Forks firefighters aided the driver and transported him to the Altru Hospital emergency room, but he died shortly after being admitted.

"All persons known to have been present during the incident have been identified and are currently being interviewed," the release states. There does not appear to be an ongoing danger to the community, according to police.

Multiple residents at the apartment complex said they didn’t hear anything in the night until cops arrived. Melvin Lewis, 57, has lived at the apartment complex for two and a half years. He said he had just gone to bed when cops knocked on his door around 5 a.m. He said he had his door open until he went to bed and didn’t hear a fight or a party going on.

“I’ve never seen this go on around here,” Lewis said. “For a stabbing to happen here, wow.”

Lewis said he’s seen the victim around the apartment complex, and they’ve said hello in passing. The last time Lewis said he saw the victim was when the victim was getting off work and heading up the steps to the victim’s apartment on the upper left side of the apartment complex.

Incidents like today’s stabbing don’t usually happen around the apartment complex, Lewis said. When cops are called, it’s usually for domestic disputes, he said.

A search of North Dakota court records show Peralez pleaded guilty to drunken driving and driving with a suspended license in 2013. In a related case, extradition proceedings for a warrant in Texas was dismissed. Peralez also was cited that same year for open container.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding the incident call (701) 780-8000or text the word "tipster" to 847411. Tipsters may also email investigate@grandforksgov.com.

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