CAMPUS NEWS, NEWS, TOP STORIES — November 15, 2012 5:15 pm

STUDENT ARRESTED IN LIBRARY STABBING

Last night, around 7:15 p.m., the Mankato Department of Public Safety responded to an assault complaint from Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Memorial Library.

When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect, Kevin Joseph Renquist, 19 years old, was being detained by several students.

Renquist was taking into custody without incident and arrested. Possible requested charges include, but are not limited to, second degree assault and terroristic threats.

The victim was assaulted in a bathroom on the third floor of the library. The suspect had grabbed the victim from behind, wielding a knife.

The victim was able to defend himself and ultimately escaped. He was transported to the local hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

Students who were not on campus at the time learned of the incident through Facebook and Twitter before receiving an email from Vice President for Student Affairs David Jones after midnight last night. The MSU Star Alert System did not send a notification to students.

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1 Comment

  • This is not the first time I have seen an incident in Mankato where there was a stabbing and the assailant was charged with second degree assault instead of aggravated assault, that is, a felony assault using a weapon. Had the assailant been older would have he been given a more severe charge? Or is it because in both cases little damage was done?

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