Why did someone stab a county worker at his desk in Rochester?

An Olmsted County employee is recovering after a workplace stabbing but police have no suspect or motive.
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Police in Rochester want help finding a suspect – or even a motive – in the Monday stabbing of an Olmsted County employee who was working at his desk in an office building.

Police want to hear from anyone with information about the workplace stabbing of Rick Freshwater just after 5 p.m. Monday, KTTC reports. The 50-year-old information technology worker is assigned to the sheriff's emergency management department and was alone in the office when he was attacked, the station says.

Freshwater was treated at Mayo Clinic for multiple stab wounds but as the Post Bulletin notes, he told investigators he did not get a good look at his attacker.

Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin told the paper the motive is unclear because nothing was taken from Freshwater or from the office. Sherwin said the building and office should have been accessible only with a key fob and called it "a strange situation."

KROC says the building where the stabbing occurred on 3rd Ave. southeast holds a variety of county offices and is currently the place for early voting by Rochester residents.

While there are cameras in the building, authorities said they are used only for surveillance during the business day and do not make recordings, KIMT reports.

Anyone who noticed anything unusual in the area or has information that could lead to a suspect is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS.

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