Man accused of stabbing Fargo woman 10 times said he blacked out, court docs allege

The woman told authorities she met Fabian Henderson in downtown and invited him to her apartment before the alleged attack, according to a criminal complaint.

Fabian Henderson.
Contributed / Fargo Police Department

FARGO — A 56-year-old man accused of trying to kill a woman over the weekend told authorities he blacked out after getting into an argument with her, according to court documents.

Fabian Maurice Henderson was slated to appear Monday, March 7, in Cass County District Court on felony charges of attempted murder, robbery and aggravated assault. If convicted, he could spend up to 35 years in prison.

Nine pages of court documents detail what allegedly happened leading up to the early Saturday stabbing. Police responded at about 2 a.m. to an apartment in the 3100 block of North Broadway.

That’s where the victim alleged Henderson punched her then stabbed her at least 10 times and stole her phone, according to a criminal complaint.

The victim said she met Henderson downtown and invited him and an unknown friend over to her place for drinks, the complaint alleged. She yelled at Henderson for urinating on her bathroom floor, and an argument broke out before the alleged attack, court documents said.


A knife with blood was found in the apartment, police said.

The victim was taken to Sanford Medical Center, court documents said. She remained there Monday, the hospital confirmed, but her condition was not immediately available.

Henderson, who was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, told police his friend left the apartment before the argument, and Henderson blacked out after that, the complaint said. He said he sometimes is triggered into a "blackout mode," the complaint said.

Henderson told investigators he remembered seeing a large amount of blood in the apartment before leaving, and though he blacked out, he acknowledged that he "likely did the stabbing," according to the complaint.

Police also alleged in the complaint that Henderson said, "I stab people, really for the simple fact, I want to kill them. If I stabbed them, I wanted to kill them, honestly. I ain't stab them just to poke them."

Henderson said he was innocent and didn't go to the woman's apartment to stab her, court documents said.

Henderson was in custody at the Cass County Jail as of Monday afternoon. Court documents did not list an attorney for him.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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