Woman sentenced for stabbings outside downtown Fargo restaurant

Ashley Larson was ordered to spend the next 6 1/2 years behind bars for the incident that prompted an hourslong standoff.

Ashley Ivy Larson

FARGO — A woman has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for stabbing two women in a downtown Fargo parking lot, an attack that prompted an hourslong standoff.

Ashley Ivy Larson, 31, of Fargo, was sentenced Monday, Jan. 31, in Cass County District Court to four years in prison for each of the two aggravated assault charges she pleaded guilty to in November. She will get 264 days credit for time served on each count, meaning she only has to serve 6 ½ years at most.

The charges stem from a May 13 attack on two women in the parking lot of the Mexican Village restaurant at 814 Main Ave. Larson asked Sandra Miles and Sabra Low for a ride before she rushed and stabbed Miles multiple times, according to court documents.

Low and Miles fled, suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

Red River Valley SWAT team members work the scene of a stabbing at Mexican Village at 814 Main Ave. in Fargo on Thursday, May 13, 2021. David Samson / The Forum

Meanwhile, Larson barricaded herself in their vehicle, according to court documents. SWAT was called to the scene with armored vehicles and rifles.


A nude Larson surrendered to police after four hours.

Larson also was accused of stabbing John Townsend at his 9 ½ Ninth St. S. apartment, which is just west of the Mexican Village. An aggravated assault charge connected to those allegations was dismissed since Townsend didn’t cooperate with investigators, prosecutors Ryan Younggren said.

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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