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NU woman accused of stabbing

NEW ULM — A 21-year-old New Ulm woman accused of breaking into a man’s apartment and stabbing him in the hand last Saturday appeared at a remote technology bail hearing in Brown County District Court Tuesday.

Hannah C. Nelson, 227 Payne St. N., was charged Monday with burglary, possession of a dangerous weapon, assaulting a person on their own property and damage to property. Some of the charges are felonies and some misdemeanors.

Nelson’s bail was set at $50,000 without conditions or $30,000 with conditions including not entering the alleged victim’s residence and no contact with him. An initial court appearance was set for 8:30 a.m., Sept. 22.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police were dispatched to German Heights, 407 15th S. St., at 2:40 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 on a suspicious activity report. The report said someone was arguing and possibly breaking into an apartment.

At the scene, the complainant who lives in an apartment told police he heard commotion, including a woman’s voice in Apartment 27. Officers yelled towards a man outside Apartment 27 and met a second witness who said he was trying to visit the alleged victim in Apartment 27.

Police went to Apartment 27 and were told by the alleged victim’s grandmother that she heard a loud noise that woke her up. She showed police a door that was kicked in and a piece of brick molding broken off, lying inside the apartment.

Police noticed the alleged victim had his left arm bandaged. He said Nelson came to the apartment and began knocking on the door. The man said he opened the door, saw it was Nelson and did not want to talk to her, so he closed the door, but she forced her way inside, damaging the door.

The man said Nelson came at him and cut him with a knife about 3-4 inches long with a black handle. He showed police his left hand that had an inch-long cut inside the palm, consistent with a knife wound. The man said Nelson left in her car, a 2002 Chevy Malibu.

Police found the vehicle at 227 N. Payne St. and contacted Nelson and her mother. Police asked Nelson’s mother for permission to search her bedroom and the car for the reported knife used in the assault. The mother would not allow police to search the bedroom but gave them the car keys.

Police did not find any knives in the car. At the Brown County Jail, Nelson agreed to talk to police and said she and the man had an altercation and she pushed her way inside the apartment door.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

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