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Moorhead apartment resident stabs intruder, causing life-threatening wounds

Mohammed Gayib Mahmod1 / 2
Alberto St. Martin Lopez2 / 2

MOORHEAD—A home invasion early Wednesday, Feb. 14, resulted in a resident stabbing one of two intruders, leaving him with life-threatening injuries, Moorhead police said.

Alberto St. Martin Lopez, 51, and Mohammed Gayib Mahmod, 26, both of Moorhead, are suspected of breaking into an apartment at 1020 18th St. S. about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said in a news release Thursday, Feb. 15.

Investigators believe the intruders specifically targeted the apartment near Romkey Park and its three occupants, two men and a woman. Police are still investigating, but said there is no public safety concern at this time.

Police said the two suspects forced open an apartment door and immediately were confronted by the residents inside. One suspect displayed a handgun and punched one of the male residents in the face several times, police said.

During the scuffle, another resident of the apartment used a knife to stab the suspect, Lopez, in the lower back and left arm. The suspects then fled from the building through the east doors, police said.

Two of the three apartment residents suffered minor injuries but did not require medical treatment, police said.

About an hour later, authorities received a call from a home in the 1700 block of Third Avenue South regarding a stabbing victim in need of medical attention. From there, Lopez was taken to Essentia Health in Fargo for treatment of life-threatening injuries, police said.

Mahmod was arrested without incident in Fargo on an outstanding warrant and booked into the Cass County Jail. Clay County prosecutors are expected to file felony charges against Mahmod and Lopez, police said.

The motive for the home invasion is not known. Moorhead Police Capt. Tory Jacobson said investigators are still working out the details of what happened. But Jacobson said none of the apartment residents are being considered for charges at this time, including the man who stabbed Lopez.

The captain said Lopez is expected to survive his injuries. Lopez remained at Essentia on Thursday afternoon and was listed in fair condition, hospital staff said.