Reports of disorderly man with a knife lead to charges against Worthington resident

Wells is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, threats of violence, and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault.

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WORTHINGTON — Charges were filed last week against a Worthington man, following reports of an intoxicated and disorderly man with a knife at a local apartment building.

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Police officers were dispatched to the scene and given a description of the suspect, identified as Kenneth Lamont Wells, 28.

Upon arrival at the apartment complex, a person matching Wells’ description was observed leaving the apartment building. The man turned around and went back in.

Other officers arrived and assisted in securing the building at each entrance. Wells was located leaving one of the side exits and was detained pending investigation.

Wells told officers that he and the victim had gotten into an argument. According to the report, Wells stated that he was on probation and was not supposed to be drinking. He provided a preliminary breath test which indicated a .138 BAC.


Wells denied having a knife and stated he left the apartment after he heard the victim was on the phone with the police.

Another officer spoke with the victim, who also stated there had been an argument. The victim said she had tried to defuse the situation by going into the bedroom. Wells reportedly told the victim if she called the police, one of them wouldn't come out alive.

The victim told officers she looked out and saw Wells grabbing a knife from the drawer. According to the report, Wells then attempted to push the bedroom door in, as the victim held it closed.

The victim called the police, and Wells reportedly left after placing the knife back in the drawer.

Wells was arrested and transported to the Nobles County Jail. He did not respond to any attempts to speak with him, according to the report.

Wells faces one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine or both. He's also charged with a felony count of threats of violence and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

The maximum sentence for threats of violence is 5 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and or a $1,000 fine.

Conditional bail for Wells was set at $25,000 and he is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Nov. 28.


Note: This article was written based on information reported by local law enforcement agencies. The Globe reminds readers that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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