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Stabbing suspect in custody (updated)

Stephen Smith

Cloquet police announced that they have a suspect, Cloquet's Stephen James Smith, 25, in custody in relation to a stabbing on Monday, Feb. 26.

According to a press release from the Cloquet Police Department, police were called to the Washington Avenue Laundry and Car Wash parking lot Monday afternoon in response to a stabbing. When they arrived, officers located an adult male bleeding from his torso and abdomen areas. The victim was transported to Community Memorial Hospital and later transported to a hospital in Duluth. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Jan Myers, who owns the laundromat and car wash business with her husband, Paul, said the stabbing happened outside in the parking lot. The location appeared to be random; the young men were not customers at the business, which is located at 1802 Washington Ave. near the new middle school.

"It seems like they knew each other," she said. "It all happened outside. They — the people who were involved — are the ones who called the police, who got here within two to three minutes."

Myers said the incident was unrelated to the laundromat and seemed to be a personal dispute.

"We work very hard to provide a safe environment here," she said. "We are happy the police responded so quickly and were very proactive."

The press release stated that officers learned during the investigation that a dispute had occurred between the victim and another man, which led to the suspect stabbing the victim multiple times.

A criminal case records search shows that Smith has a fairly extensive criminal record, which includes convictions of second- and third-degree drug possession, fifth-degree assault and carrying a pistol without a permit in a public place, among other crimes.

Because the investigation is ongoing, the police department is not releasing any further information.