A home invasion in St. Paul came to a dramatic and bloody end Wednesday night, with the alleged offender suddenly finding himself the victim.
The break-in happened around 11:30 p.m. on the 400 block of Smith Avenue North, when a resident called police to report someone breaking into a neighbor's car.
The alleged thief, 35-year-old Craig Steven Eide of South St. Paul, confronted the resident through the window, according to the criminal complaint. It says the suspect ended up forcing his way through the back door, getting into a struggle with the man living there.
The resident, who lives in the home with his wife, was able to grab a knife from the butcher block in the kitchen and stab Eide, chasing him into the basement and continuing to stab him "as many times" as he could.
The whole thing was overheard by the 911 dispatcher the resident had initially called to report the car theft.
The charges say police arrived to find blood all over the home; they located Eide in the basement suffering from multiple stab wounds.
He was taken to Regions Hospital, where he is still undergoing treatment for his injuries.
"This person did the right thing," St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders said, per FOX 9.
The station says Linders also described what happened as "the plot of a horror movie" and "nothing short of a nightmare."
According to WCCO, Eide was released from the ICU on Thursday night
The Pioneer Press reports the resident received some injuries as well, including cuts to his hands and fingers, red marks on his neck, and a bloodshot and swollen eye.
Eide has been charged with first-degree burglary with assault.