Winona man arrested for alleged knife assault



A Winona man who allegedly referred to himself as the “grand dragon” was accused of threatening a man with a knife and charged with multiple felony offenses in Winona County District Court on Thursday, according to the Winona Police Department.

Joseph Paul Calihan, 34, of Winona, was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, making terroristic threats and fifth-degree assault causing fear after he allegedly held a knife to man's throat on Wednesday.

According to police, at 1:29 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Winona. The reporting party told officers that he had been assaulted by Calihan, who rented a room at the same residence as the victim.

The victim told police that Calihan allegedly held a knife to the right side of his neck, threatened to sodomize him and said he would leave his body on a bike trail. Calihan reportedly showed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance and repeatedly referred to himself as the “grand dragon.”

According to the report, the landlord of the residence told police that Calihan had lived at the property for roughly one year and has a drinking problem.

At 9:17 a.m. police arrested Calihan at the property and referred him to the county attorney for potential charges. He reportedly admitted to having an argument with the victim but denied the assault.


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