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Suspect arrested after stabbing in Alexandria

A 49-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a stabbing in Alexandria.

Alexandria police officers were called to a residence at 1102 Hawthorne Street at 2:50 p.m. A caller stated that unwanted guests had arrived and were attempting to take back their property from a prior rental agreement.

While officers were on their way to the scene, the situation escalated and a fight broke out.

When officers arrived, they discovered that Wade Burnside, 19, of Alexandria had been stabbed in the chest with a 12-inch knife while trying to retrieve property. He was accompanied by two of his male friends.

Burnside was rushed to the Douglas County Hospital and later airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center for his stab wounds.

The suspect, John Anderson, 49, was also taken to the Douglas County Hospital for a laceration to his finger. He was treated and then arrested for first-degree assault. He's currently being held at the Douglas County Jail.

According to police, Anderson was a guest of a 33-year-old woman who lived at the residence and was present during the assault.

Burnside remains in hospital care under close observation, police said in a news release issued at 9:55 p.m. Sunday night.

Police said that witnesses identified Anderson as the person who stabbed Burnside. Both men had not previously known each other, according to authorities.

No other injuries were reported.

The case remains under investigation by the Alexandria Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.