Antonio Trevino, image courtesy Watonwan County jail

Charges have been filed against a 23-year-old St. James man accused of stabbing his friend Tuesday night. Antonio Trevino faces a charge of felony 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in Watonwan County Court.

The 30-year-old male victim presented himself at the Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office with multiple stab wounds at about 10:30 p.m.  He was treated in the lobby, transported to Mayo Clinic St. James, then transported to Rochester for further medical care.

According to a criminal complaint, the victim moved into a 6th Ave S home about a week ago.  Court documents say the victim and Trevino were at the home drinking the day of the stabbing and a friend of the homeowner helped the two men move a couch downstairs.  The friend came upstairs about a half hour before the stabbing and told the homeowner Trevino had held a knife to his stomach.  The man said Trevino and the victim were arguing and the victim told Trevino he had to leave. When the homeowner went downstairs he saw Trevino try to hide a knife with a three-inch blade under his shirt.

Police say the victim appeared at the sheriff’s office shirtless with numerous stab wounds on his arm, shoulder area, back, and chin.  His clothing was on the floor soaked with blood, and a large amount of blood was on the dispatch lobby floor.  The complaint says he named Trevino as his attacker. The policeman counted approximately seven stab wounds on the victim’s body.  The complaint says the most concerning injury was a collapsed lung and the victim was airlifted to Rochester.

Investigators served a search warrant at the home where the stabbing occurred.  Police say the rain was washing away blood on the sidewalk outside the residence.  The complaint says blood was also on the front door of the residence and a trail of blood drops went from the basement to a bedroom on the first floor, to an outside door.

Trevino was taken into custody, but declined to be interviewed by police.  Police say two knives and additional items were taken when investigators executed a search warrant at the location where Trevino was found.

St. James Police Chief Rochelle Hanson stated Wednesday morning that the victim was listed in stable condition at that time.

Trevino is in custody at the Watonwan County Jail.