A Lewiston man was arrested following what medical personnel are calling a stabbing. Winona Police officers arrested Brian Kenneth Larkins, 27, for felony fifth-degree assault and misdemeanor second-degree assault after a fight between Larkins and a 42-year-old Lewiston woman ended with the woman going to the hospital for a deep cut that doctors said was caused by the same type of knife police found on Larkins, according to the report. After officers were called to the 500 block of West Fifth Street, Winona, on a report of a fight at 11:09 p.m. on Friday, May 31, they encountered Larkins and the woman, who was bleeding from her wrist. She was taken by private vehicle to the hospital, where emergency room doctors told officers they believed the deep cut had been caused by a serrated knife. Officers found a serrated folding knife, open, blade-down in Larkins’ back pocket while interviewing him, according to the report.
Larkins reportedly told officers he and the woman were arguing when she began punching him, he defended himself, and she fell down. Officers asked Larkins to continue the interview in their squad car as it was pouring rain. He consented and when asked told officers he did not have any sharp objects on his person, according to the report. Officers proceeded to pat Larkins down, discovering the knife.
Larkins denied stabbing the woman and said he had been carrying the open knife in his pocket much of the evening, officers said. The woman said it happened so fast she did not know how she had been cut. Witnesses did not see how she had been cut either.
Police officials said that while there was not visible blood on the knife, it was being sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to determine whether any trace amount of the woman’s blood is on the blade.