Police say victim is uncooperative
by SARAH SQUIRES
A Winona man was stabbed at least three times on Monday night, and police say the victim isn't cooperating.
Winona Police Deputy Chief Tom Williams said he believes the 20-year-old victim, who lost a lot of blood, is in stable condition after being sent to Winona Health and then transported to Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse.
Police were initially called to the 400 block of East Fifth Street at 9:30 p.m. by a woman who said people were arguing in the alley. When police arrived, witnesses said they'd seen the argument and that it appeared as though someone had thrown an object, and that they believed the victim had been stabbed during the altercation. Police searched the area and didn't find anything, then headed toward the victim's residence when they received a second call. The call came in at 10:21 p.m. from a woman on the 500 block of East Broadway who said there was a man outside without a shirt on who appeared to have been stabbed. Police headed to the area and found the victim swaying on the sidewalk bleeding profusely. He suffered at least three stab wounds — two in the back and one on his side.
Williams said the victim would not tell police who he had been with or who had stabbed him, and told investigators to leave him alone. Do investigators believe the incident was drug-related? "No idea," said Williams. "I'd hate to speculate."
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