ST. PAUL Minn. (WCCO) — Two people are hurt and a man has been arrested after a stabbing inside the St. Paul River Centre Saturday night, according to police.

Officers had to respond to multiple fights in the River Centre at about 5:30, and closed the gates for about 30 minutes while they got several hundred people out of the building and put a stop to the fights.

In one of them, police say they arrested a 19-year-old man for stabbing two teenagers, ages 16 and 17, on suspicion of aggravated assault. The youngest suffered only minor injuries. The 17-year-old is in stable condition at Regions Hospital.

Police believe the stabbing may be gang-related, but it is still under investigation.

In addition to the arrest, three adults and three minors were cited for disorderly conduct in that fight.

Two adults and two minors were also cited for disorderly conduct in another fight, in which no one was hurt.

Comments (27)
  1. Mark from MNtaxwaste says:

    Another person that will end up with a lighter sentence , and be out to commit more crimes. These gangs should be treated like terrorists, with the same punishments. Our prosecutors are a joke, because their hands are tied by Liberal groups ready to take them to court over the rights of these terrorists.

    1. Jonathan says:

      Liberals want american citizens to keep their right to those pesky things called trials.
      In this man’s case, he will be tried, and sentenced by a judge, not a jury, and faces a minimum 2 years probation, fines, and likely jail-time for the aggravated assault of two minors. I now think that people who fear the courts, as you do, don’t really understand them. What you are advocating is frightening, to say the least.

      ‘They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’

  2. Hejlena says:

    So sorry that your celebration was ruined by a few angry little boys. Happy New Year.

  3. jeff says:

    I agree with Mark regaridng sentences, however the liberal comment is typical. Republicans (See Bachman) need to step up and start representing people, not their own interests.

  4. laupforod says:

    i agree with( Mark from MNtaxwaste) why is it that the real predators like gangbangers, muderers, rapists, child molestors, people who prey on the elderly, money scammers including loans/property, and repeat drunk drivers seen to get an easy sentence and pot smokers (NO I DON’T CONDONE DRUG USE) small petty harmless crimes and other public nuisances get the bigger charges or at least more public attention.

  5. Rich says:

    I like how they leave out what event was at the River Centre…..It was the Hmong New Year event….

    1. PA KOU says:


    2. Nelson says:

      I don’t see how the event needs to be a concern here. It’s not called the Hmong New Year of Gang Members, Rich. Why do you assume that the Hmong New Year is related to gang-related issues? Please, I hope you will educate yourself on that, especially before you begin to relate stabbing, gangs, and violence with the Hmong New Year.

      It’s unfortunate that today is the last day, but if you go to the Hmong New Year next year, maybe you’ll get a glimpse of something much more than just a gang fight. I’m actually quite disappointed that this article was published by the media, because as we can all see, there are a handful of individuals just looking to attack the Hmong community, rather than attacking those individuals involved. The last time I checked, gang fights occur in all cultures, communities, and race.

      1. Lisa says:

        Thank you. I could not have said this better myself.

  6. Gena says:

    what the hell is up with these barbarians. this is a time to come together and celebrate the coming new year not some kind of fight fest. you endanger so many innocent lives you morons. this is why they’re never prosperous in anything they do because they can’t even get along.

  7. Kyle says:

    Mark, I have seen your comments before and they are so typical of the brainwashed uber conservatives out there. How did you turn this story on the liberals? A gang fight breaks out and it’s Obama’s fault? Go watch Fox News and bang your head into a wall you moron.

  8. THIS HMONG GIRL says:

    wow, you seriously think just because you are “white” that the hmong people have no rights into fighting for what is right? and i am not speaking of this “HMONG NEW YEAR” that you proudly feel like you can diss on just because MN is filled with them. if you dont like US HMONG PPLS than why not just move the fck out into some country barn place and just be a dumb ass! in return, i really do hope someone in your family dies by the cops and see if you can investigate that into your dumb brain! as you “WHITE” ppls think you own the land, rmbr you dumb asses just fckn stole it and like p.diddy, yall claim it to be yours. pathetic. get over yourself. ppls are just fckn STUPID! dont blame it on one race. you say arabic ppls are terrorist, and not all are but nice and innocent. how would you like if we stero typed you fags?! get over yourself. you’re just as hypocritical as you say we are. dumb as hell!

    1. kevin says:

      yuu got that right

    2. Vang Cha says:

      Now i like that, white tralier trash has nothing good to do and mock Hmong? LOl its stupid how they try to mock you using “ching chong ling long ting tong”…HAHAHAHAHHA if a white person was to talk racist to another person, that white person must know how to proper use the langauge hahahaha….it just makes me laugh….

  9. Nelson says:

    “Import VIOLENT cultures”? You need to get your facts straight Kevin. If you haven’t figured out yet (and from the look of your poor grammar and spelling, I don’t think you do), but you live in America. From the last time I checked, America began with immigrants; and if I remember correctly, quite the violent ones too (White Europeans), who moved out and conquered the Native Americans. I don’t think you have the credentials to judge Hmong (NOT Hmoung) people, especially if you can’t even spell correctly. You need to quit looking at one or two instances between the Police and the Hmong community and start to open your eyes to the many other MUCH LARGER issues America faces, especially perhaps your own culture. If you can’t embrace other cultures, then maybe it’s time that you STOP calling yourself an American Citizen.

    I think the only violent culture I see here is your ignorance and unrighteous thinking of your own American people.

  10. InAndOutAndOver says:

    Stop hating, Kev…..

  11. Koua Xiong says:

    Gena; The statement “this is why they’re never prosperous in anything they do because they can’t even get along.” is an ignorant remark, Not only are you unaware of the Hmong’s history, but you neglect to recognize that their history placed them in this position.

    Kevin; You are not only prejudice but also discriminatory against all immigrants (and as Nelson already pointed, ignorant). Are you aware of racism and how that impacts minority groups? Probably not. Are you educated about oppression? Are you knowledgeable about the Hmong’s history–that they aided the Americans during the Vietnam War and has NOT been recognized (not even known by the larger American population)? “A ticket back to the home land” –> Perhaps you can take your own advice as I’m sure your family came to the U.S. as immigrants at one point.

    Nelson; Thank you.

  12. ... says:

    FYI: Please check you spelling. Your postings provide no effect if you can’t properly spell a word that has been repeated multiple times within the article.

  13. Leslie says:

    This country is a country of immigrants. In all our histories, except for the Native Americans, someone immigrated to this country. Turning this incident during time of celebration of one of many our cultures into some sort of bitter argument about race, immigration and the “american way” is despicable. People hate solves nothing, cures nothing and leads to a dead end. We need to work together to end this kind of violence and the hate mail that follows.

  14. Jerry Chrane says:

    Johnathan, you perhaps also remember the quote about wrestling with pigs, how it’s useless as you just get dirty and they enjoy it, and trying to talk sense to so many of these right-wing ignoramuses is the equivalent of wrestling pigs. they most of them. would elect Moussolini in a heartbeat, he and they are brothers of the mind and heart. And Jeff, the Republicans have never represented the people, they have though perpetuated the S&L catastrophe, the Housing Market crash, the continuing bank failures and the worst economic failure since the Great Depression, which of course touched none of THEM.

  15. PAIN says:

    man KEVIN you have nothing else better to do huh? I must say, you dont have a life other than what you do best at – make comments on here! LMFAO!

  16. kevin says:

    Oh I do know history and the Hmoung culture. I watch the news….I even wrote a letter to the Hmoung cultural center telingl them they must be so proud of their youth….just after a Hmoung gang beat a 80 year old woman with bats….she had cancer… soon we forget….or the Hmoung woman who beat her baby to death with her shoe for crying…..oh I could go on for days…..more immagration please….open your eyes sheeple….

  17. KhaosVx says:

    @ Gena – Please don’t blame everyone else for a few bad apples. We do get along. The term barbarians is only used in a few languages as a refference, if you understand what i’m getting at. If you do then please don’t use that term.

    @ Kevin – In my last post, your response to me was you are Native American. How is Kevin a Native name? Is it “Little Kevin Big Mouth Small Brain”? You seem to only point the bad in cultures and people. How soon did we forget:
    Recently a white guy shakes his stepson to death is on trial. Or the white guy and black guy who murder a police officer at Phalen Lake. Or how about this, breaking News Highschool Student hold class and teacher hostage at gunpoint. Or how about the old white guy who kidnapped and fathered 2 children with a little girl. Or have you ever watched ‘To catch a predator”? Well what do you know, OLD SICK PERVERTED WHITE GUYS. Like you I could go on and on, BUT……..Unlike you who frankly can’t spell or put together a sentence, I refuse to use hatred, biasm, racism, and prejudice as a point of notion.
    To who it may have offended, I was merely only pointing out the bad people. I have friends of many backgrounds and refuse to blame a certain type of person for a few bad ones.

  18. yulyxiong says:

    fcuk you kevin white boi !

  19. Vang Cha says:

    “Little Kevin Big Mouth Small Brain”<—–HAHAHAHAHA That made my day…; )

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