At around 11:10 PM on June 5th Officers from the NPPD responded to a home in the 2000 block of East 2nd St. on the report that a man had been stabbed. Police learned that the assault occurred during a scuffle involving as many has five people, some of whom have not been identified. The 19 year old male vicitm, who was transported by ambulance to Great Plains Health due to an abdominal stab wound, alleged that the suspect, David Wengler, 32, brandished a 12” knife and stabbed him. The victim reported that this occurred while he was attempting to come to the aid of another 29 year old male, who the victim was with in a garage located at the residence. The 29 year old male reported being assaulted by one of two other males, who showed up with Wengler. Both victims alleged that they did not know Wengler and the two other men, or why the assault had occurred. The three suspects then fled the area.
Officers continued the search for Wengler and evidence to identify the two other suspects in this case. Then on the afternoon of June 7th Police responded to the area of the 1500 block of W. 6th Str. on the report of a suspicious man matching Wengler’s description. Wengler was located exiting the rear of a residence near there. Wengler was taken into custody without incident, transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed for Felony 1st Degree Assault, Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony and Possession of a Concealed Weapon. During the arrest process a TRS.XB Stinger, 4” knife was seized as evidence. The stabbing victim’s condition, which is thought to be non-life threatening, is unknown at this time. The investigation is ongoing at this time.