Suspect pleads not guilty to stabbing victim in stomach

Published 12:25pm Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ALBERT LEA — An Albert Lea man pleaded not guilty this week to stabbing another man in the stomach during a fight in September.

Hiram Abel Rodriguez-Reyes, 27, on Thursday pleaded not guilty in Freeborn County District Court to first-degree assault, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon involving substantial injury.

The alleged stabbing took place Sept. 5 after Rodriguez-Reyes and another man reportedly jumped out of a car and began fighting with the alleged victim and his friend on the 1200 block of S Newton Avenue, according to court documents.

Another man reportedly started fighting with the victim’s friend, and Rodriguez-Reyes allegedly began fighting with the victim.

Rodriguez-Reyes and the victim reportedly ended up on the ground, and when the victim stood up, he realized he had been stabbed once in the stomach, the report stated.

Rodriguez-Reyes and the other man reportedly fled, and the victim was taken to the emergency room at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea where he had surgery.

Rodriguez-Reyes was identified in a police photo lineup and was arrested the next day at a home on W William Street, according to court documents.

He is in the Freeborn County jail on a $100,000 conditional bail.

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