Duluth woman charged in Aurora stabbing

A Duluth woman, Brianna Leigh Schroeder, has been charged with first-degree assault, a felony, in connection with a stabbing on the Iron Range over the weekend.

The charges state that on Sunday afternoon around 1, an East Range Police Department officer went to an apartment building in Aurora on the report of a stabbing. She found a 63-year-old man on the kitchen floor, holding a bloody towel to his abdomen. The officer saw a one-inch wound.

He was treated on the scene before being airlifted to a hospital in Duluth.

A woman who witnessed what happened identified Schroeder as the suspect. The witness said Schroeder had left out the back door.

Later that afternoon, at 4:42 p.m., officers found Schroeder coming out of the woods naked with scratches on her body and blue lips. She was taken into custody and allegedly admitted to officers that she stabbed the victim and referred to him as the devil.

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According to the criminal complaint, another man who was in the apartment before the stabbing said that he was in the living room with Schroeder and two others. He reported the victim was sleeping in the bedroom. The witness told authorities that Schroeder had a knife and “made concerning statements.” While the male witness and another person were making a plan to get the knife from her, she reportedly went into the bedroom and they heard the victim yell.

Authorities reported that the victim was still in the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon.

Schroeder is being held at the St. Louis County Jail on a $300,000 bond. After her initial appearance Tuesday, there is another court hearing scheduled for April 29.

A first-degree felony assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, $30,000, or both.