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Willow River man faces attempted murder charge


August 31, 2017

Jesse Jensen

A Willow River man is facing attempted murder charges following a stabbing near Interstate 35 in Pine City on Sunday morning.

Jesse James Jensen, 20, is facing 20 years in prison for attempted murder in the second degree. Jensen is facing a second charge of first degree assault causing great bodily harm and second degree assault. In May of this year, Jensen graduated from East Central.

Authorities were called out at 7:56 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, on a report of a stabbing in a car, on the northbound highway ramp of I-35 and Henriette Road in Pine City. They found both Jensen, who had a single stab wound, and the woman victim, who had multiple stab wounds, being treated by an ambulance crew.

The woman was airlifted from the scene to a Twin Cities hospital with serious injuries. Later that night, she called authorities and said she was told by doctors she might not make it through the night and that she had been "stabbed over 60 times" and "30 of them were real big stabbings."

Jensen was transported to First Light Hospital in Mora, and then also airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Jensen has since been transferred from the hospital to the county jail.

According to charging documents, a third person, Cory Nielsen, was also in the car during the stabbing, but left since he had a warrant for his arrest.

One witness, who came upon the scene, said he saw two people who were on the ground covered with blood, and they were arguing and wrestling. He was with a woman, who reported the victim said, "Help. He is trying to kill me!" charging documents said. The two witnesses then pulled both Jensen and the woman apart.

The victim stated she was picked up by her friend and Jensen earlier that morning from St. Paul. They were driving to Hinckley when the stabbing occurred.

The woman said she wanted Jensen to prove he was not a law enforcement officer before they went onto the reservation, since Jensen was a "friend of a friend," and people would look at them funny. She told Jensen they were going to fight to prove he was "not a cop," court records stated. At that point, Jensen stopped the car, locked the car doors, and then started stabbing the woman. The woman said she asked her friend to call 911, but he left the scene.

The victim "described the knife as having a black handle and that defendant stabbed (her) everywhere, including her eyes, her heart, her lung, all over her legs, ribs, and torso, and skull, trying to stick the knife through her brain," charging documents said.

Nielsen was interviewed the following day at the Isanti County Jail. He had been arrested on an unrelated charge.

He stated that Jensen did stop the car in Pine City, and reached back and hit the victim. He said he got out of the car to help pull the victim out of the car, but the car doors were locked. Nielsen said he did not know a knife was involved, and left when he saw another car coming.

Jensen "seemed to take offense" at what the woman was saying in the car and he got mad, Nielsen stated, according to court records.


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