Men charged in July 4th stabbingPublished 11:13am Thursday, July 7, 2011
The two men allegedly involved in the Independence Day stabbing of another Fergus Falls man have been charged with second degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
Brian Christopher Braton-Gilbuena, 33, and Cody Kenneth Sundvor, 23, both of Fergus Falls, were charged Wednesday. Sundvor is being held on $50,000 cash or bond, and Braton-Gilbuena is being held on $25,000 cash or bond (both men have reduced bail requirements if they submit to release conditions).
Court records state that police responded to a call of a stabbing in an alley near Alcott Avenue and Vine Street shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Monday. When they arrived, they allegedly pulled apart Braton-Gilbuena, Sundvor, and another man who was bleeding profusely on his left side from multiple apparent stab wounds. The man was taken to the hospital by Ringdahl Ambulance, and Sundvor and Braton-Gilbuena (after a hospital visit) were arrested.
Witnesses allegedly told police that the man, who lived nearby, had gone into a neighbor’s yard to complain about them using fireworks near his house. When he was told they didn’t have any fireworks, the man apologized, said he knew who was doing it, and approached a home on Alcott where Braton-Gilbuena and Sundvor were. There, he allegedly confronted the two men, and they began to shout at each other in the alley near the house. The argument escalated, and one of the men (police believe it was Braton-Gilbuena) allegedly stabbed the man who had complained about their fireworks use.
Then, witnesses reported, the two men allegedly knocked the other man to the ground and began kicking him in the head, face and neck before Braton-Gilbuena’s wife came out to try to break up the fight.
Court records say that the man had been stabbed four or five times in various places, including his right arm and chest area. Braton-Gilbuena would not speak with officers after his arrest, but he had allegedly claimed to be acting in self-defense earlier, while he was talking to police at the scene. Sundvor allegedly admitted to having around 12 beers before the incident.
Though no knife was found with either man when police arrived, an officer later found a knife at the scene that matched the witness description of the one used to stab the man, court records stated.
The men’s next court appearance is July 18.Tags: assault, Courts