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Published March 22, 2012, 06:06 PM

Man Arrested for GF Stabbing Has Drug History, Arrest Warrant in Barnes County

Bond set at $50,000
GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The man arrested on an aggravated assault warrant Wednesday afternoon at a Grand Forks apartment has a history with drugs.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The man arrested on an aggravated assault warrant Wednesday afternoon at a Grand Forks apartment has a history with drugs.

36-year-old Randall Kareem Marshall was charged after allegedly stabbing another man in north Grand Forks. He is also wanted in Barnes County on a warrant that was issued Monday.

Just four days before Marshall's drug arrest in Barnes County, he was accused of stabbing another man near 12th Avenue North and North Washington Street here in Grand Forks.

Grand Forks police arrested him Wednesday on a warrant for that charge.

"Investigations need to take as long as they take. We want to make sure that we have a good quality product for the state's attorney's office to use to prosecute these things. I think it's important to the victims and important to our community that these things are done the right way," GFPD Lt. Jim Remer said.

After weeks of investigation and hours of surveillance, Grand Forks police and undercover officers found Marshall at an apartment building on Continental Dr.

Marshall was arrested on an aggravated assault charge in the stabbing of Dustin Keplin, who had several surgeries to repair the wounds to his leg.

"For an aggravated assault charge either there has to be a serious injury or some sort of weapon used in an assault. Anytime when we're dealing with those circumstances, we tend to make sure we have enough officers present to handle the situation," Sgt. Bill Macki said.

This isn't Marshall's first run in with the law. He was arrested on March 11 in Barnes County for possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. He was also charged with driving under the influence.

The warrant was issued after he failed to comply with terms of his release. Marshall also has several drug charges in Cass County dating back to 1995.

"There was some information found that possibly is drug-related to this which is still being explored and we'll see where that goes if there's anything with that," Remer said.

Remer says police are still investigating the stabbing. The victim, Dustin Keplin, told police he did not know Marshall.

Marshall appeared in court on Thursday and his bond was set at $50,000 cash.

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