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Complaint: Knife assault triggered by spurned cigarette request

A spurned appeal for a cigarette prompted a Woodbury man to slash at his roommate with a knife, according to criminal charges issued last week.

According to a criminal complaint, Anthony James Andersen, 26, admitted to cutting a man with whom he shared the same living space during a July 12 incident. Andersen was charged with one count second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon – a felony that carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.

The complaint states the alleged victim, a 46-year-old Woodbury man, was drinking at his Legacy Lane residence with Andersen and Andersen’s mother. The alleged victim rents the unit from Andersen’s mother, the complaint states, and Andersen had recently moved in.

Andersen asked the tenant for a cigarette, but was rebuffed.

“Upon refusing to give Andersen a cigarette, Andersen became enraged and started to assault him with a knife,” the complaint states.

The man was left with cuts to his forehead, ear and a puncture wound to the arm, according to the complaint.

Police found Andersen inside the residence, where he admitted to police that he fought with the tenant. Andersen said he threw a table and a knife at the man before fleeing the home because “he was afraid he was going to get in trouble,” according to the complaint.

Andersen later returned to the residence and began arguing with his mother, which prompted the injured tenant to call police, the complaint states.

The complaint states Andersen told police he suffers from mental health issues and that he would use an “insanity plea” for his legal defense.

“It would work” in getting him civilly committed – versus a possible criminal sentence – he told officers.

Andersen was arraigned Monday, July 14, where he was held on a $75,000 bond. He makes his initial court appearance July 24.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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