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HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Three Montana State University-Northern students were badly injured in a weekend stabbing at an off-campus apartment, Havre police said.
"They were all stabbed multiple times," Acting Police Chief Gabe Matosich said. "It was a large, bloody scene."
Sam Mix, 19, a Northern football player from Sammamish, Washington, was stabbed more than three dozen times, Matosich said Tuesday. He was listed in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, KIRO-TV reported.
Taylor Woolman, 19, a Skylights volleyball player from Belgrade, was stabbed more than 20 times. She remained hospitalized in critical condition in Billings on Tuesday, the Belgrade News reported.
The third victim, 20-year-old Alicia Schneid, was treated for about seven stab wounds and was released from a Great Falls hospital. Matosich said.
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of attempted deliberate homicide and aggravated burglary. Officers have not uncovered a motive.
"You can't comprehend it. It just doesn't make sense," Matosich said, adding that the suspect did not know the victims.
Officers suspect drugs and alcohol may be involved.
The boy suspected in the stabbing is being held at the Cascade County juvenile detention center in Great Falls with bail set at $250,000.
Two days before the stabbings, a judge in Havre issued an arrest warrant for the suspect, who faces trial in July for rape and sexual assault. A week before the stabbings, he was cited for driving under the influence and without a license or insurance.
MSU-Northern officials issued a statement in support of the victims.
"The students involved were part of the Northern family and we will rally around them and their families to start the healing process," the statement said. "We will do everything in our power to help these students recover and finish their education."
The stabbing was reported about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, about the same time another disturbance was reported. The suspect was found at the scene of the second disturbance with blood on his clothing and shoes that matched prints found at and near the scene of the stabbing, Matosich said. One of the victims identified the suspect in a photo lineup.
The suspect told police he must have blacked out because he didn't remember anything that happened after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, court records said.
Police said they believe the suspect broke into the apartment through a back window. It did not appear anything was taken.
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