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Argument over Hells Angels may have led to man being cut on neck

Aaron Knutson

FARGO — An argument early Saturday about the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club may have prompted a man to allegedly cut the neck of another man who had agreed to give him a ride from The Northern Gentlemen's Club in north Fargo.

Aaron James Knutson, 36, faces felony charges of aggravated assault and terrorizing, according to documents filed Monday, July 17, in Cass County District Court.

According to a report by Officer Michael Haderlie that was among court documents:

At 2:09 a.m. Saturday, several officers responded to a report of a possible drunk driver in the 1100 block of Fourth Avenue North.

When Haderlie arrived, he walked up to the driver's truck and saw that the driver, Ethan Kensok, was bleeding from what looked like a cut on the front of his neck.

Kensok told Haderlie that a "crazy guy," later identified as Knutson, who was in the truck's back seat, had held a knife to Kensok's neck, causing him to bleed.

Kensok and the front seat passenger, Dylan Nelson, told officers they picked up Knutson from The Northern because he asked for a ride. They said they argued about the Hells Angels and that Knutson put a knife to Kensok's neck. The men said that after stopping the truck, Knutson started pointing the knife at them. They said they talked to Knutson and tried to calm him down until police arrived.

A bloody knife was taken from Knutson's front pants pocket. Haderlie said he also saw blood on Knutson's right hand.

Knutson told police he had asked Kensok and Nelson for a ride after leaving The Northern and had pulled out the knife to show it to them because he had just bought it.

Knutson said Kensok started "screwing with it," so he took it back. They then started arguing about the Hells Angels, and Knutson said he became angry. Knutson said he never cut anyone and didn't know where the blood on the knife or his hands came from.

Knutson was then arrested and booked into the Cass County Jail. Kensok was treated and released from a local hospital, police reported.

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.

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