A 16-year-old from Austin is being held in connection with a stabbing that took place in Austin on Tuesday night.
According to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger, officers responded to a call Tuesday night from Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin regarding a 17-year-old who had sustained two stab wounds in the middle of his back.
Krueger said the injuries were the result of a fight between two groups of teenagers from Austin and Blooming Prairie at the Austin Dairy Queen parking lot. Police had previously responded to a call regarding the fight at 9:26 p.m. but reported that all suspects had left the area when they arrived.
Police reported that they later learned the altercation started at the Mower County Fair around 6 p.m. when a group of Austin teenagers got into a verbal altercation with several Austin and Blooming Prairie teenagers. The altercation escalated into a pushing and shoving match before the groups separated and later encountered each other at the Dairy Queen.
Krueger said police received information that a 16-year-old male was the individual who had stabbed the 17-year-old. He also said that a second individual, an 11-year-old boy, had also sustained mild injuries, mostly bruises and scrapes, from the fight.
Following the incident, police were searching for the 16-year-old, who was taken into custody early today.
Krueger says the boy’s mother flagged down a marked squad car around 12:45 a.m. Thursday, advising the officer that her son had arrived home and was ready to turn himself in.
The 16-year-old was taken into custody and transported to the Olmsted County Juvenile Detention Center where he is could face charges of second-degree assault.
He also has two active felony warrants for failure to appear on a robbery charge from earlier this summer.