Albert Lea man charged for alleged stabbing with a screwdriver

Published 8:21 pm Thursday, May 17, 2018

An Albert Lea man who allegedly stabbed someone in the face with a screwdriver early Thursday was charged with a felony later that day in Freeborn County District Court.

Nicholas Richard Ramirez, 20, is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, misdemeanor fifth-degree assault and misdemeanor underage drinking.

Court documents state Ramirez was charged after Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on 790th Avenue at about 1:45 a.m Thursday on a report that a male stabbed another male in the head with a screwdriver.

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Once officers arrived on scene, they reportedly saw the alleged victim holding the right side of his head. Ramirez was being restrained. Dried blood was reportedly seen around Ramirez’s mouth and lips, and he was described as breathing but not responding.

Court documents state the alleged victim had a bleeding laceration on his right earlobe, which reportedly caused the earlobe to be slightly deformed. Dried blood was also observed around his ear and neck.

Ramirez reportedly had a .223 blood-alcohol content after the incident.

The alleged victim was taken to the emergency room.

After being arrested and taken to Freeborn County jail, Ramirez said he had been drinking all day and admitted the incident was his fault. He reportedly said he could not remember stabbing or biting the alleged victim and allegedly made threatening comments to a deputy and the officer’s family.

Court documents state the alleged victim said Ramirez came up from behind him while he was at a table and put him in a chokehold. Ramirez reportedly used a vaporizer he had like a knife and put it up against the alleged victim’s neck.

The alleged victim was not intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Ramirez’s first court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

A mugshot for Ramirez was not available as of press time.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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