A stabbing Thursday night at the St. Cloud Walmart sent a 17-year-old female to the hospital and closed the store for the evening.
The suspect, identified as a 29-year-old man from St. Cloud, is in custody, according to St. Cloud police Sgt. Jason Burke. The woman who was stabbed sustained a wound under her left arm, an injury that is not believed to be life-threatening.
It was just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday when a 17-year-old St. Cloud girl was shopping with her mother inside the Wal-Mart store near Crossroads Center.
After spending some time in the store they told police they noticed an unknown male following them through the building.
Suddenly, and without warning the girl dropped onto the isle in a pool of blood. After choking the girl, he jabbed a 3-inch knife blade into her upper right shoulder.
The victim didn’t know the suspect, who discarded the weapon and waited after the stabbing for police to come and arrest him, Burke said. Walmart security helped detain the man until police arrived.
Store personnel detained 29-year-old Christian Anthony Robert De Beche. According to the criminal complaint, he apparently told Wal-Mart staff, “I did it, I’m guilty. Arrest me.”
The man isn’t speaking to investigators, and a motive for the attack is unclear, Burke said.
Several police vehicles and emergency personnel responded to the store at 3601 Second St. S. at about 7:30 p.m. The victim was treated inside the store before being taken to the hospital.
Walmart was open again Friday morning.