A rural Nelson man has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide after authorities say he attacked a 65-year-old man with a knife on Sept. 6.
Kenneth L. Teel, W2382 Fox Coulee Road, Nelson, was charged in Buffalo County Court in Alma. A warrant for Teel’s arrest was issued Monday. The maximum penalty is 40 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision.
According to the criminal complaint:
An officer was sent to a home in the 2000 block of Fox Coulee Road in rural Nelson after receiving a report that Teel had stabbed a man and fled into a wooded area.
Officers located Teel standing in a road, armed with a knife, and they were able to handcuff him. The knife was about 9 inches in length.
An officer spoke with Teel inside his squad car.
“Teel was very agitated and stated that he ran over (the victim’s) mailbox and that (the victim) didn’t come out, which appeared to upset Teel,” the complaint states.
Teel initially said the victim was having sex with his ex-girlfriend. He later clarified that someone else in the house was having sex with his ex-girlfriend, not the victim.
Teel admitted to slashing the man’s tires.
The officer asked Teel if he had stabbed the victim, and Teel replied that “if he was a second slower, he would be on the floor bleeding and wouldn’t be nothing left of him.”
The officer checked on the victim, who had his right hand wrapped in gauze and another cut on his right forearm.
The victim said “Teel immediately stabbed him, as he opened the door.”
Teel said “he ran over the mailboxes for fun.”
Teel also is charged with theft of movable property in Pepin County. He was convicted last year of disorderly conduct in Buffalo County.
In 2006, Teel was convicted in Buffalo County of second-degree sexual assault of a child; he was sentenced to 90 days in jail. A five-year prison sentence was stayed.