FARGO — A 30-year-old woman with no permanent address is the suspect in the stabbing of three people on the southwest edge of downtown Fargo on Thursday, May 13.
Ashley Larson is in the Cass County Jail after a 4-hour standoff with police during which she barricaded herself inside a victim’s vehicle after the stabbings and later voluntarily exited the SUV and was taken into custody without injury or incident.
Police and paramedics responded to Mexican Village restaurant, 814 Main Ave., after receiving a report at 12:45 p.m. of a stabbing. Two women were stabbed in the parking lot of the restaurant in their vehicle and police later confirmed a man was stabbed just minutes earlier.
The man, who police said knew the suspect, was stabbed at a residence near Cat's Cradle Shelter at 9 Ninth St. S. The exact relationship between the two wasn't known, police added.
The three victims’ injuries were not life-threatening, police said, and they were treated and released from a local hospital.
Police identified Larson late Thursday night and said she was arrested for three counts of aggravated assault. Police said she didn't know the two women victims.
Larson was medically cleared before being transported to the jail, police said.
Deborah Schreiner, a witness at the scene who helped tend to one of the female victim's wounds, said one of the women stabbed said they were attacked in their vehicle by a naked woman who was "drenched in blood" and wielding a large knife.
Schreiner said she was having lunch with a friend when a person came into the restaurant saying someone had been stabbed in the parking lot. She went outside and found an elderly woman bleeding from a number of wounds, including a wound to her head. A younger woman who had injuries that did not appear to be as serious was helping the older woman, Schreiner said.
Schreiner said she used napkins from the restaurant to apply pressure to the older woman's wounds and chatted with her.
"I just sat with her," Schreiner said, adding the woman thanked her for helping and stated she and the younger woman escaped the SUV, leaving the attacker inside.
Multiple witnesses said it appeared the two women who were stabbed were a mother and daughter.
While the two women received medical attention, the police presence in the area grew, and Larson refused to leave the SUV.
Authorities shut down Main Avenue on the north side of the restaurant and First Avenue South on the south side. Law officers with riot gear and weapons drawn surrounded the vehicle and urged Larson to come out of the SUV to accept medical treatment.
As the standoff wore on, multiple armored vehicles arrived on the scene along with officers with rifles, body armor and camouflage uniforms.
WDAY News reporter Kevin Wallevand and Forum reporter Barry Amundson contributed to this report.