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Iron Range man charged in post-party stabbing

A Virginia man was charged today with stabbing another man early Sunday in Virginia. Nathaniel Otaigbe Agbator, 23, is charged with one count each of first-degree and second-degree assault. When responding to a call of a loud party in the 400 blo...

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Nathaniel Otaigbe Agbator

A Virginia man was charged today with stabbing another man early Sunday in Virginia.

Nathaniel Otaigbe Agbator, 23, is charged with one count each of first-degree and second-degree assault.

When responding to a call of a loud party in the 400 block of 15th Street North at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Virginia police found a 22-year-old man who had been stabbed in the chest.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer found Joshua Rowe near a garage with a knife hanging from his chest. A bystander became aggressive toward police and was handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car. As an officer drove him to the St. Louis County Jail in Virginia, the man suddenly said, "That's the guy who stabbed my (expletive) friend."

The officer approached the man, who was the only person in the area of the 1100 block of Sixth Avenue North, and asked him where he was going. The man -- Agbator -- said he was walking home.

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The officer "noted that Agbator's hands were covered in blood and that he had blood on his shirt" and arrested him, the complaint said.

Rowe was transported to the Virginia Regional Medical Center and received emergency surgery on a punctured lung. He was released Monday.

Rowe told investigators he was at a party at a residence. After a friend's iPhone was stolen, he and others ended the party and began kicking people out.

"Rowe stated most were compliant but that one was not," the complaint said. Rowe escorted the man, who matches Agbator's description, out the door.

"Words were exchanged, and the male came at him," the complaint said. "He stated the male later ran off, but he did not realize he had been stabbed until he noticed the knife sticking out of his chest."

Rowe picked Agbator out of a photo lineup of six men Monday, the complaint said.

A search of Minnesota court records for Agbator found convictions for disorderly conduct, giving a peace officer a false name, and trespassing-returning after demand to leave.

Steve Kuchera is a retired Duluth News Tribune photographer.
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