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Suspect in North Dakota attack arrested on attempted murder charge

CANDO, N.D.—Authorities have identified a suspect in a Saturday attack in which investigators said two men were injured in Cando.

Matthew Paul Little, 39, of Cando, was booked Saturday night into the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center on one count of attempted murder. Towner County Sheriff Dustin Kuchar confirmed Monday that Little was arrested Saturday night after a report of an attack at the Cando Villa Apartments at 1302 Fifth Ave.

Officers were called at 5 p.m. Saturday to the apartment building, where they found a man bleeding in the hallway with serious injuries, according to media reports. They found another injured man inside the apartment.

Little was arrested later. The attack is under investigation.

Few details have been released regarding the attack, including how it unfolded, and it's likely formal charges may not be filed until Tuesday since most government offices are closed for Presidents Day.

Kuchar said Monday morning he had not heard how the men are doing. He also said he couldn't release much information about the men's injuries, though he did say the injuries were neither stab nor gunshot wounds.

Kuchar said his office is not releasing the victims' names at this time.

Little has a criminal history that includes assault, drug and driving under the influence charges.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers business and political stories. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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