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Two men arraigned for attempted murder in Cass County stabbing

Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie reports that Sheldon James Armstrong III, age 22, of Cass Lake and Travis Richard Paquette, age 18, of Bemidji were arraigned in Cass County District Court on August 4th 2014, for charges of attempted murder in the first degree, kidnapping, second degree assault and theft of a motor vehicle. 

According to the criminal complaint, Cass County Deputies were dispatched to a residence near Cass Lake at approximately 2:45 a.m. on August 1st.  Upon arrival officers spoke to an adult male who appeared to be covered in blood.  The adult male indicated that two individuals had stabbed him multiple times and attempted to kill him.

The adult male told officers that he knew Armstrong from Facebook and had met him personally a few times.  He said that Armstrong had contacted him and asked him for a ride from the Che-We gas station in Cass Lake.  The adult male stated that he picked up Armstrong and Paquette and they drove to a rural location where Armstrong indicated he was going to purchase marijuana.  All 3 parties exited the truck and walked down a trail.  The adult male indicated that while walking Armstrong tackled him and Paquette stabbed him.  They continued to assault him and stabbed him multiple times.  Armstrong and Paquette subsequently bound his wrists and loaded him back into his truck and drove away.  At one point they unloaded him in the middle of the road, backed the truck up and then accelerated at a high rate of speed in an attempt to run the adult male over.  He advised officers that he was able to roll out of the way and escape by running into the woods ultimately arriving at the residence where officers encountered him.  The adult male was transported to a hospital to receive medical attention.

The vehicle was subsequently located after it had been driven off of the roadway near Cass Lake.  Paquette was arrested approximately 2 blocks away while walking away from the vehicle.  Armstrong was located and arrested at a nearby residence.

Cass County District Court Judge David Harrington set conditions of release for both men.  Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 or $75,000 with conditions.  The next court appearance for bother parties is scheduled for August 11 at 1:00 p.m.