Plea Agreement in Rochester Stabbing Case
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man accused of attacking a Good Samaritan in January is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
31-year-old Nathaniel Wedig has entered guilty pleas to first-degree aggravated robbery and attempted vehicle theft charges in Olmsted County Court. In exchange, four other felony charges, including second-degree assault and several other aggravated robbery counts were dismissed.
Wedig was accused of stabbing the 51-year-old man with a box cutter after the victim had given him a ride. The victim told police he was cut on the head and arm after he refused Wedig’s request for his wallet and cell phone. The victim’s 13-year-old daughter was in the car when the stabbing occurred and ran to a nearby house to call 911.
Wedig was arrested after he ran to another nearby house and asked the homeowner to call him a cab. The daughter of the homeowner, who is an employee of the Olmsted County jail, happened to stop by to visit her father and placed a call to police after becoming suspicious of Wedig.
Wedig was also identified as the person who attempted to steal a car from another residence in the area, but who was chased off by the homeowner. He told the arresting officers that he had taken heroin earlier in the day and also uses meth.