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Fargo man wrestles knife away from suspect

Police say a 19-year-old Fargo man who was approached by a suspect with a knife and told to hand over his wallet was able to wrestle the knife away from the suspect and hit him in the face.

The incident happened about 8:35 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of Fourth Street North, just north of Steve's Package Store, Sgt. Mark Lykken said.

The victim was walking on the sidewalk along Fourth Street when he was approached by the suspect, who showed a knife and demanded his wallet, Lykken said. The victim grabbed the suspect's arm, wrestled the knife away from him and then hit him in the face, causing the suspect to lose balance, he said. The suspect ran off eastbound.

The victim walked to MeritCare Hospital about two blocks away and called police. He suffered a superficial wound to his abdomen from the serrated knife, which he turned over to police, Lykken said.

Authorities searched the area with help from a Clay County K-9 unit but were unable to track down the suspect, Lykken said.

The suspect was described as a black male in his late teens, 6 feet 2 inches or taller with a thick build, no facial hair and no noticeable accent, wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and a dog collar-type necklace, Lykken said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Fargo police at (701) 241-1437.

Fargo police also released a description of a suspect wanted in connection with a stabbing reported at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at an apartment building in the 1300 block of Third Avenue South. The suspect was described as a Native American male, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 125 pounds.