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Canadian man says God ordered him to stab to death another man Sunday at Moorhead rest stop

Harmit Bhangu

MOORHEAD - A judge here set bail today at $1 million for a Canadian man who told police he tried to stab another man to death on Sunday because God ordered him to do so.

Harmit Bhangu made an initial appearance in Clay County District Court just before noon today on felony charges of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and fourth-degree assault on a police officer.

Bhangu, 32, is accused of stabbing 51-year-old Dale Morigeau of Ronan, Mont., at a Moorhead Interstate 94 rest stop Sunday afternoon. Morigeau is listed in critical condition at Fargo Innovis Health, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The attack was unprovoked and Bhangu did not say anything or have any contact with Morigeau until he began trying to kill him, Clay County Attorney Brian Melton told Judge Steven Cahill. Bhangu told police he was at the Moorhead rest stop when God ordered him to kill Morigeau, court documents state.

Bhangu, who was sedated during the court appearance, shut his eyes and looked down toward the floor as Melton described the allegations of Bhangu attacking a police detective while being interviewed about the case, knocking the detective out of his chair.

Bhangu has caused several problems since his arrest and has been violent toward jail staff, Melton said, adding Bhangu was placed on medications to keep him from being violent in the jail. Bhangu was hospitalized Monday after repeatedly banging his head against his cell wall, Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said.