Charges: Teen walking home from school attacked by stranger with knife


A St. Paul man is charged in a surprise attack that left a teenager with several knife wounds last week.

A criminal complaint says the 14-year-old victim, identified only as "CF," was walking home from school Wednesday afternoon toward his home on Carol Avenue when the suspect "emerged" from behind some bushes, accosted the boy in a "bear hug," and began cutting him with a knife.

According to the document, the teen was able to fend off the attack, at which point his assailant fled the scene on foot. The incident left the victim with cuts to his face, arms and legs, though none of the lacerations were serious enough to warrant stitches.

The boy described his attacker to police, who "realized they had encountered the man before in the Western District." The victim then picked the suspect out of a "photo array," the complaint says.

That man, 30-year-old Darell Deandray Johnson, was later found at his residence and arrested. He has been charged with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, and will make his first court appearance on Oct. 16, a St. Paul Police representative said.

According to the Pioneer Press, Johnson has 22 prior convictions on his record, most of them for "accosting strangers."

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