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Sawyer man charged in weekend stabbing incident

A Sawyer man was charged Monday in connection with a stabbing that took place in downtown Cloquet early Sunday morning.

Scott Alexander Blacketter, 37, was charged in Carlton County Court with two felony counts of second-degree assault, one gross misdemeanor count of obstructing the legal process, and one misdemeanor count of fleeing on foot.

Blacketter was taken into custody after Cloquet Police responded to a report of a stabbing Dec. 22 at approximately 2 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Cloquet police officer was on routine patrol at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday when he observed an altercation in front of The Jack in the area of 11th Street and Cloquet Avenue. The officer reported observing one person on the ground and another, later identified as Blacketter, holding a knife in his hand.

The officer then told Blacketter to stop, but instead Blacketter began walking away from him. The officer managed to catch Blacketter, who resisted by pulling his arms away, breaking free and running away.

In the meantime, another Cloquet police officer located the knife, and several witnesses told officers there was an altercation inside the bar and Blacketter pulled out a knife and stabbed a 28-year-old man several times. The victim was transported by the Cloquet Area Fire District to Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet.

Blacketter also reportedly swung the knife at another man, cutting his shirt but missing his skin.

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Department was successful in locating Blacketter and taking him into custody at gunpoint, according to the complaint. One of the Cloquet police officers went to the hospital to check on the victim, who had what were deemed non-life-threatening injuries, including puncture wounds to the chest and arm.

At Blacketter’s hearing on Monday, Judge Dale Wolf set bail at $22,000 bond or $2,200 cash. Judge Wolf also issued a no contact order forbidding Blacketter from having any contact with the victim and also granted Blacketter’s request for a public defender.

According to an officer at the Carlton County Jail Monday afternoon, Blacketter posted bond and was about to be released. He is scheduled for an omnibus hearing at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6.

Cloquet police were assisted in responding to the incident by the Carlton County Sheriff’s Department and Fond du Lac Police Department.