A Cloquet resident is in custody after allegedly stabbing a man in a Cloquet High School Parking lot.
George Robert Laprairie, 19, is charged with felony first-degree assault and felony second-degree assault.
The Cloquet Police Department responded Saturday, Aug. 31, to Community Memorial Hospital to a report of a man who'd been stabbed. Upon arrival, CPD found the victim was being treated for multiple stab wounds to his stomach, back and arm, according to the criminal complaint.
The victim told police he was “jumped” and stabbed by George Robert Laprairie, 19, in the Cloquet High School’s 18th Street parking lot. The victim couldn't provide further details because he was transported to Essentia Health in Duluth.
Reynaldo Hain, a friend of the victim, told the CPD that when they arrived at the school, they were allegedly surrounded by a group of men in a truck that began to circle them.
When Laprairie exited the vehicle, a fight broke out. The victim reportedly fell at one point in the fight and Laprairie stabbed him with a pocket knife.
According to the complaint, when police located Laprairie, he admitted to stabbing the victim. Surveillance video from the parking lot showed Laprairie was the aggressor in the fight, and that he allegedly stabbed the victim even after he could have retreated.
If convicted, Laprairie could face up to 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. He is scheduled to appear in Sixth District Judicial Court in Carlton on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 1:30 p.m.