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Rest area stabbing suspect mentally ill, court documents state

Harmit Bhangu
Detroit Lakes,Minnesota 56501
Detroit Lakes Online
Rest area stabbing suspect mentally ill, court documents state
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

MOORHEAD - Clay County Social Services has filed a petition to civilly commit a Canadian man accused of nearly stabbing another man to death at a rest stop here earlier this month because the 32-year-old is mentally ill.

The petition states that Harmit Singh Bhangu poses a risk of "serious, imminent, physical harm" to himself and others if he is not held in a treatment facility, Clay County District Court documents state.

Bhangu is charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for the Jan. 11 incident, which he told police happened after God ordered him to kill 51-year-old Dale Morigeau, court documents state.

The Montana truck driver was stabbed eight to 10 times, including once near his heart, at the Interstate 94 rest stop.

Bhangu, a truck driver from Chestermere, Alberta, is also charged with fourth-degree assault on a police officer after allegedly striking an officer in the face while being interviewed.