UPDATE: Rochester police have identified the man stabbed at his work desk on Monday night as 50-year-old Rick Freshwater.
He was reportedly released from the hospital after suffering wounds to his extremities. Investigators say they have completed the processing of the crime scene and are reviewing evidence. Further lab testing is possible.
At this point, police are asking for any witnesses who may have been in the area of Third Avenue, a heavily traveled road, around 5 p.m. when the incident occurred.
Police say the building does have cameras, but they are only used for surveillance during the business day and do not have recording capabilities. The building is expected to be open later Tuesday as the investigation continues.
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ROCHESTER, Minn. – Rochester police are still searching for a suspect they say stabbed an Olmsted County employee at his desk on Monday evening.
The victim is a 50-year-old man who investigators say works as an IT specialist assigned to the Sheriff’s Department. Despite being stabbed several times during the attack and losing a lot of blood, he was able to radio in for help just after 5 p.m.
It happened at a secured Olmsted County building at 1421 Third Avenue SE. The building has several uses, including a place where folks can cast their absentee ballots, so the public can have access to it.
Rochester police Capt. John Sherwin says the front door of the building has a secure vestibule and at the time of the attack the building, for the most part, should have been closed.
We’re told the victim spoke to police but was not able to get a good view of the attacker, so police have no relevant suspect description. The office where the victim was working was isolated to any other witnesses.
As of 9 p.m. Monday, the scene was still being processed for evidence. Sherwin says at this point, they’re not ruling anything out.
“We don’t know enough of what occurred to tell people to hide in fear, that’s always a difficult question because we’re obviously investigating an incident that is serious in nature, but whether this was targeted, whether there are other circumstances that played into this incident, we don’t know that yet,” he explains.
Sherwin adds that it doesn’t appear to have been a robbery or anything of that nature.
The victim was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
We’re told every available squad car in the city responded to the scene, including the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol and even a DNR officer assisted with a perimeter. Because of the Sheriff Department’s close relationships with the victim, police will handle the