At 10:50 p.m. Saturday, Fort Dodge Police responded to Fort Dodge Senior High School on a report that someone had been stabbed during the homecoming dance.
According to a report from the police department, two officers on scene found school officials administering first aid to a 17-year-old male who had been stabbed once in the back. Due to his age the victim's name is not being released at this point. The suspect fled the school prior to officer's arrival. The 17-year-old victim was transported to Unity Point Hospital for treatment. Due to the nature of his injuries he was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital for additional treatment. Initial reports indicated that the victim's injuries were not life threatening.
Officers and detectives of the Fort Dodge Police Department coordinated with Fort Dodge High School staff to process the scene of the incident, interview witnesses and collect available evidence. As a result of their investigation and information provided by witnesses a 17-year-old male suspect was quickly identified and apprehended.
Due to his age the subject will not be identified other than being a 17-year old male from Fort Dodge. He was charged with Willful Injury, a Class C Felony and transported to a juvenile facility to wait for his initial court appearance. An update to the release will be posted once more information on the subject becomes available.
Fort Dodge Police Department was assisted by Fort Dodge Fire Department, Unity Point Ambulance Service, and several staff members of Fort Dodge Senior High School.
Officers and detectives of the Fort Dodge Police department will continue to interview additional witnesses and follow up on any additional information. Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Fort Dodge Police Department at (515) 573-1426 or Crime Stoppers at (515)573-1444(STOP), online at www.wccrimestoppers.com or by texting"LEC" and the tip to CRIMES (274637).