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Grand Forks man stabbed by intruder: 'I'm on top of the world'

Police released a sketch of the suspect Friday. He is described as a white male, about 30 years old, 5 feet 11 inches, 230 to 240 pounds with brown hair and facial stubble.

A Grand Forks man stabbed in the chest by a burglar last week says he's back at home now "resting, relaxing and walking."

Tom Schirrick, 40, was hospitalized Thursday with injuries suffered during a struggle with a knife-wielding man who had entered his family's home by slashing a window screen.

Schirrick, who was listed in serious condition Thursday, said he was discharged from Altru Hospital on Sunday.

"I'm on top of the world. I feel very fortunate that I'm OK, that my family's OK" and "that I was here for my family," Schirrick said in a phone interview Monday.

He declined to discuss his early-morning encounter because police are still investigating the incident.

Schirrick's employer, Minnkota Power, and his co-workers have pooled $2,700 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the intruder who remains at large.

"I'm overwhelmed with the generosity and compassion being shown," said Schirrick, who is a line worker for Minnkota.

Lt. Rahn Farder said police "don't have any firm suspects," but a computer-aided sketch of the burglar, based on the recollections of Schirrick and his wife, has generated more than 20 tips that detectives are sorting through.

Farder said officers are done processing the crime scene and canvassing the neighborhood, but still are conducting interviews.

He said the intruder could be charged with attempted murder or, at the very least, aggravated assault.