WINDOM ― A Windom resident was arrested Nov. 13 following a report of a stabbing.
When police arrived, a victim was standing in the driveway of a Windom residence with blood dripping from their head and multiple cuts around the left eye. The victim explained that Gadriel Ortiz Baez, 38, was their roommate, and that they had told Ortiz Baez that he could no longer live there if he was using or selling drugs.
The two began to argue, and Ortiz Baez allegedly stabbed the victim several times with a knife.
When Ortiz Baez was questioned, he reportedly told police he had actually attacked the victim with a spoon. He was arrested and charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony that carries a maximum possible sentence of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine, but not less than one year and one day in prison. If he's convicted, Ortiz Baez will receive a sentence based on his criminal history.
He is being held in Cottonwood County Jail on bail set at $10,000 with conditions or $30,000 without. His initial court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday morning.