A St. Louis Park man accused of stabbing his girlfriend claims the incident was an accident or self-defense, according to police.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged St. Louis Park resident Evan Joseph Orlaska, 22, with second-degree assault Feb. 7. The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison or a fine or $14,000.
He was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Jail Roster. His next court appearance is March 13.
A court document filed in the case provides the following allegations against Orlaska:
Officers responding to a domestic disturbance in an apartment on the 2400 block of Hwy. 100 learned Orlaska and his girlfriend had been in an argument that became physical.
When the altercation subsided, police said, the girlfriend said she intended to leave. Orlaska then allegedly picked up a knife from a butcher block in the kitchen and told his girlfriend, “Think you’re gonna leave, you’re not going anywhere.”
The girlfriend said Orlaska then stabbed her in the leg with the knife, causing three lacerations. She said she feared for her life.
Orlaska reportedly told police his girlfriend had egged him on before he grabbed the butcher knife. He told police the cuts were accidental or in self-defense before adding that the girlfriend had grabbed the knife and threatened him with it.
Orlaska also told police he had placed the block of knives above the refrigerator so his girlfriend could not reach them.
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