Stabbing victim out of hospital; suspect has previous arrests

by Shira Kantor

A 47-year-old St. Paul man was treated and released from Hennepin County Medical Center after he was stabbed in front of Moos Tower on Wednesday evening.

William Bane Boursaw was admitted to HCMC and treated for stab wounds to the neck shortly after he was attacked.

The suspect, a 46-year-old Minneapolis man, was arrested by University police and is being held in Hennepin County jail. No charges have been filed.

Neither Boursaw nor the suspect are affiliated with the University.

According to University police information:

Boursaw, the suspect and another man and a woman were riding a Metro Transit bus westbound from St. Paul to Minneapolis when they began arguing.

All four got off the bus in front of the University police station on Washington Avenue Southeast, where Boursaw allegedly punched the suspect in the face.

The suspect then allegedly drew a pocketknife and cut Boursaw’s neck.

Boursaw flagged down University police officer Peter Reineke, who was nearby, and alerted him of the situation.

According to the police report, Reineke – along with several other officers – apprehended the suspect at the scene at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The suspect has been arrested in Hennepin County in connection with assaults on at least three occasions.

– Shira Kantor