Man with chest wound enters Duluth detox center, says ex-roomie "hit me with a goddamn sword!"

Kyle McClain allegedly stabbed his ex-roomie in the chest with a sword.
Kyle McClain allegedly stabbed his ex-roomie in the chest with a sword.
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On Monday night, a man police are identifying as R.W.S. staggered into the Duluth Detoxification Center was a stab wound in his chest.

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When police arrived, R.W.S. told them, "He hit me with a goddamn sword!" Asked who "he" is, R.W.S., 43, told them his name is "Kyle."

A blood trail in the snow led officers to the residence where R.W.S. used to live with Kyle McClain and other roommates.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the story from there:

According to McClain's two roommates, R.W.S. used to stay at the house but no longer was welcome because of loud, drunken and destructive behavior. The roommates -- both of whom claimed not to see the alleged stabbing -- said R.W.S. came to the house Monday and asked to stay, but McClain angrily ordered him to leave.

After R.W.S. left, McClain said that he might have to hurt him, one of the roommates said.

The other roommate said that when R.W.S. returned and began knocking on the door, McClain "shouted 'that's it!' " and stated "that just really pisses me off!" before running downstairs to confront R.W.S., according to the criminal complaint.

The roommates told police that McClain is a martial arts enthusiast and owns a sword.

McClain, 43, told officers that while he had previously warned R.W.S. he'd "kick his ass" next time he showed his face around his old digs, he had nothing to do with the stab wound. But officers found the sword believed to be used in the stabbing inside his residence.

McClain has been charged with first- and second-degree assault. It's not his first brush with violent crime -- in 1993, he was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in Sherburne County.

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