by SARAH SQUIRES
A 19-year-old Winona man was reportedly stabbed on Monday and a suspect is in custody, according to the Winona Police Department (WPD).
Terrence Terry, 21, of Winona, was arrested and charged with felony first- and second-degree assault. The maximum sentence for the first-degree assault charge is 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
On August 12 at approximately 1:24 a.m. the WPD responded to a call from a residence on the 400 block of West Ninth Street, where they found a victim who had been reportedly stabbed multiple times in the chest and neck by an acquaintance inside the residence. The suspect had fled and was later located at a residence on the 300 block of West Broadway, according to Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack.
The victim was transported to Winona Health and then transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He reportedly sustained multiple stab wounds and his condition was unknown as of press time.
According to the criminal complaint, when officers arrived at the scene they found the victim covered in blood and spitting up blood. He told police that “Terrance” had stabbed him after breaking into the house because “he thought I had money.” When the victim was taken to the hospital, he was immediately intubated and unable to provide more information to police.
Officers then spoke to several witnesses. The victim’s girlfriend told police she’d gone to bed at about 10 or 10:30 p.m., and that the victim stayed up later to meet his friend Terrance. She later woke to the sound of a “wrestling match,” according to the complaint, and heard a scream. The victim then came up the steps, bleeding profusely and holding his neck, and told her that “Terrance” had caused the injuries, the criminal complaint alleges.
Two other witnesses reportedly made contact with Terry following the alleged assault. The first told police Terry’s clothing was covered in blood, and he provided him with a clean shirt and threw his bloodied clothes into a dumpster. The witness told police Terry had said he “got into a fight with his friend and might have stabbed him in self-defense,” the complaint reads.
A second witness said Terry had entered a residence on Broadway and spoke about stabbing someone and needing to “lay low,” the complaint alleges.
When Terry was located by police, he allegedly had blood on his shoes and asked whether the victim was OK.
After being arrested, police interviewed Terry. According to the complaint, he told police he’d gone to the victim’s home with cocaine, expecting to pick up marijuana. Terry reportedly stated that he and the victim used the cocaine “line for line for line,” and that he assumed the victim would pay for half of the 1.8 grams Terry had brought to the residence. When Terry asked for the money, the complaint alleges, he got mad and “lost it.” Police said Terry reported the victim swung at him, and since Terry wasn’t “a very good fighter,” he stabbed the victim.
Later in the interview, Terry reportedly stated he pushed the victim, who pushed him back, and then he stabbed him because he was worried he would lose the fight. When asked whether he wanted to kill the victim, Terry reportedly stated that was why he stopped and ran away.
Terry described the knife as a fish-scaling knife approximately six inches long, and said at one point he became angry that the knife did not go in all the way, so he made a twisting motion while the knife was inside the victim, according to the complaint. At one point, Terry allegedly put the victim in a headlock and pulled him onto a couch, then stabbed the victim in the neck. According to police, Terry did not know how many times he stabbed the victim.
An investigator said, “It sounds like you’re trying to kill him.” Defendant responded, “Yeah,” according to the complaint. When asked why he tried to kill the victim, Terry reportedly stated he needed the money, and was “money hungry.”