Northwood stabbing suspect charged with hate crime

Published 10:37 am Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Mason City man turns himself in on allegations

The man wanted in connection with a stabbing on Saturday in Northwood turned himself into authorities on Monday and is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder.

Trapp Leroy Trotter Jr., 31, of Mason City has been charged in Worth County District Court with one count of attempted murder, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of criminal mischief involving a hate crime, according to charging documents.

Trotter is accused of stabbing 25-year-old Andrew Nodtvedt of Manly multiple times.

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Court documents state the Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls in reference to the stabbing at 10:48 p.m. Saturday, initially from the Schoolside Apartments at 607 Seventh St. N. in Northwood. While deputies were enroute, the address changed to 500 Eighth St. N.

When deputies arrived, they reportedly observed Nodtvedt had received multiple stab and slash wounds to his torso.

He was reportedly sweaty and “asked multiple times how deep his wounds were and if he was going to die,” the court report stated.

Nodtvedt reportedly told authorities he was hanging out with another man, identified as Andre Hill, when “some guy came and started fighting with him because he didn’t like that he was white,” the court report states.

Nodtvedt stated the man pushed him into his car and chased him into Hill’s apartment. He later stated the man chased him out of the apartment down the street, yelling, “You’re going to die tonight, white boy.”

Nodtvedt’s car windshield was shattered and looked as if there were knife puncture wounds where it was shattered, according to court records. Blood was found on the vehicle, on the ground and in the apartment. There was also broken jewelry near and on the vehicle.

Both the victim and Hill told deputies they didn’t know what Nodtvedt had been stabbed with, but it was a sharp object.

Hill and a woman, who came to the scene to check on Nodtvedt, identified Trotter as the alleged assailant.

Trotter’s Facebook page has multiple pictures of him wearing identical jewelry to what was found at the crime scene.

Nodtvedt was taken to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa and has since been treated and released.

Trotter was not at the scene when authorities arrived but turned himself in on Monday.

He is being held in the Worth County jail on $50,000 bail. He is next scheduled to appear in court June 15.