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UPDATE: Police identify suspect in La Crescent stabbing

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La Crescent, MN (WXOW) -

La Crescent police officially release the identify the suspect in a La Crescent stabbing Tuesday night.

According to police, Sean Kasten, 27, Ettrick, was in the passenger seat of the car traveling through La Crescent. The female victim was driving with a young child and dog in the back seat. Police said some type of incident started in the car and Kasten began stabbing the woman. She was able to get out of the car. He then began stabbing the child. The woman was able to get the child out of the car and that is when Kasten turned his attention to the dog and then himself.

According the criminal complaint, when police asked the woman what happened she said "we were driving and he went crazy." The investigation, police said, leads them to believe the incident involved some sort of controlled substance abuse. 

In an interview with police the woman said that Kasten stayed at her home the night before. He asked her to drive him home later the next day and she stated he began acting strange. While she was driving, the victim told police Kasten got angry and started to hit the center console. The woman then began to drive to La Crescent because she had friends there and she said she was concerned about Kasten's behavior. While she was driving to a friend's home on Juniper Street, that is when Kasten began attacking her "suddenly and without provocation."

La Crescent Police Chief Doug Stavenau said his department conducted a thorough investigation but there are details still to follow up on. Stavenau said he is proud of the way his department and community responded.     

"I am very impressed with the officers. They are continuing to do a phenomenal job. I am very impressed with Tri-State Ambulance Service and the La Crescent first responders and the general public that stepped up to help. It makes me extremely proud to see the way the community has come together and the emergency services that we provide," Stavenau said. 

As of now, the child, a 3-year-old girl, was released from the hospital. Both Kasten and the woman are still being treated for their injuries. There is no word on their current condition.

Kasten is charged with multiple counts of attempted murder, assault and mistreatment of animals.

La Crescent Police released some new information regarding the Tuesday afternoon stabbings at the intersection of Willow and Juniper streets.  

A 23-year-old Bangor woman, a 3-year-old child and a dog had been repeatedly stabbed with an edged weapon.  Also with significant self-inflicted wounds was a 27-year-old La Crosse man.  The victims are known to each other according to police, but they didn't elaborate on how the people knew each other.

Their names weren't released by authorities. 

All three people were taken to La Crosse hospitals from the scene in La Crescent.

According to the La Crescent police report the medical conditions of the victims is still not being released at this time.

The dog was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment. Its condition was not released by police.

La Crescent Police are trying to determine what led to the stabbings of two adults and a young child Tuesday afternoon in La Crescent. 

Both the man and child ended up in surgery in a La Crosse hospital for treatment of their wounds. As of Wednesday morning, Houston County authorities had no new information on their condition, or the condition of the woman involved in the incident. 

La Crescent Police Chief Doug Stavenau said the incident happened around 5:18 p.m. at the intersection of Willow and Juniper streets when the three people got out of a red car. The car remained in the street with the engine running as police scoured the scene during the investigation. 

"The woman was sitting in the middle of the road cradling a 3-year-old child, screaming at the top of her lungs," said witness Charles Rislow, who lives nearby. 

When he approached where the car stopped, he told WXOW that he saw a man staggering and fall to the ground. When he went to aid the man, he found the man had several stab wounds to the chest area. 

Rislow said the woman had stab wounds. 

Chief Stavenau told WXOW that although the man is in the hospital for treatment, he is now in police custody. Stavenau also described the man as the suspect in the stabbings. 

At least three ambulances were at the scene treating the victims before leaving for La Crosse hospitals.

A dog, who the witness said was in the car, was stabbed twice. Its condition isn't known either. 

Chief Stavenau described the stabbing as a domestic incident that started inside the vehicle and spilled out into the street. He called what happened an isolated incident. 

Authorities are on the scene of a possible stabbing in La Crescent.

Three ambulances are at the intersection of Willow and Juniper Streets.

A large police presence is also at the location including La Crescent Police, Caledonia Police, Hokah Police, and the Houston County Sheriff's Department.

We will have more details as they become available. 

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