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Suspect charged in Seaway Hotel stabbing

A 44-year-old Duluth man was arraigned in St. Louis County District Court on Thursday on charges related to the stabbing of a man in the Seaway Hotel on Tuesday.

A 44-year-old Duluth man was arraigned in St. Louis County District Court on Thursday on charges related to the stabbing of a man in the Seaway Hotel on Tuesday.

Troy Robert Stafne is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Stafne is accused of stabbing Che Malik Townsell, 33, in the upper right thigh during an argument about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint:

Stafne was walking around inside the Seaway, 2001 W. Superior St., carrying a golf club. He had an argument with Townsell, and the victim told Stafne to leave. The defendant then swung his golf club at Townsell, grazing his head.

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They continued to scuffle and Stafne pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim.

Police said Stafne admitted to the stabbing. He claimed he was "being roughed up'' by Townsell and others when someone's knife fell on the floor and he used it. Police said Stafne said he was at the Seaway to buy cocaine but his dealer was not home.

Stafne was being held in the St. Louis County Jail on $30,000 bail. His next court appearance is Aug. 27.

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