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Accused Walmart Stabber Declared Mentally Ill

Accused Walmart Stabber Declared Mentally Ill Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

Jul 14, 2017 at 12:49 pm

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A man accused of stabbing a teenage girl at a St. Cloud Walmart has been found incompetent to stand trial.

After months of court ordered mental health competency exams Stearns County Judge Frederick Grunke ruled that Christian Anthony De Beche is mentally ill.

The judge ordered that criminal proceedings against De Beche continue and that he stand trial as soon as his mental competency is restored.

The attorney representing the 30-year-old asked for a rule 20 competency exam in May.

The St. Cloud man is facing a charge of 2nd degree assault with a weapon in connection with the stabbing around 7:30 pm on April 20th at the Walmart on 2nd Street South.

The girl's mother says she heard a noise and thought the suspect was choking her 17-year-old daughter, but quickly determined that her daughter was being stabbed.

Store security detained De Beche until police arrived and took him into custody.

As he was being detained, the complaint shows he said "I did it, arrest me."

A witness who spoke with KNSI News a few minutes after the stabbing said De Beche was holding his wrists together, in a motion for handcuffs to put on while he made the statements.

Police arrived to find the girl lying in a pool of blood, and a folding knife nearby.

The girl was treated on the scene and taken to St. Cloud Hospital with a non life-threatening injury.

The girl and her mother told police they have no idea who De Beche is or why he attacked the girl. They say he didn't say anything leading up to, or during the attack.

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