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Judge sets bail at $750,000 for man charged in Montevideo bar stabbings

Victor Medina

MONTEVIDEO -- Unconditional bail was set at $750,000 Thursday for the 21-year-old Montevideo man charged with six counts of assault for allegedly stabbing three people outside of a Montevideo bar

No conditional bail was set for Victor Daniel Medina when he appeared in Chippewa County District Court, according to county attorney Dwayne Knutsen.

Medina waived extradition Wednesday from Codington County, S.D.

He was arrested last week by law enforcement officials in Watertown, S.D., after a person from the Montevideo area recognized him in a retail store and notified law enforcement.

Medina had been on the lam since the Sept. 4 incident outside of Inn Like Flinn's bar in downtown Montevideo.

Medina faces felony charges of first- and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and causing substantial bodily harm. He is accused of stabbing three people around 2 a.m. Sept 4 in a parking lot behind the bar. Two female victims, ages 22 and 31, suffered wounds to their stomachs and were treated at Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital and Medical Clinic. One of the women required surgery. A 31-year-old man was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis for treatment of knife wounds to the stomach. All of the victims are recovering, Knutsen said.

At the time of the incident, Medina was free on $50,000 bail on another case, with charges of aiding and abetting an assault, second- and third-degree assault and tampering with a witness relating to a June 27 incident. The allegations include that he wielded a knife and cut a man and acted as a lookout while Joel Filiberto Medellin, 19, of Montevideo, allegedly beat a man and robbed him of $200 cash and a Blackberry cell phone. The 27-year-old man suffered a fractured skull. Both men are also accused of assaulting another man, who had voiced his displeasure about the beating and robbery.

Medina's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 26. His trial dates for the June assault case are set for either Nov. 17 and 18 or Dec. 30 and 31 before District Judge Paul Nelson.

Tribune reporter Tom Cherveny contributed to this report.