A Victoria man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing his father.
Cody Raymond Kern, 25, of Victoria, allegedly stabbed his father at least seven times with a butcher knife the morning of Oct. 27, according to court documents. A deputy observed the victim had been stabbed in the chest, abdomen, upper back and neck and saw a large laceration on his abdomen with intestines protruding.
The victim told authorities he got up to make coffee shortly after 6 a.m. and Kern attacked him with a knife, at 5710 Zumbra Drive.
After Kern allegedly stabbed him for a seventh time, the victim was able to get the knife away. Then, when the victim went to the garage, the suspect hit the victim over the head with long-handle shovel.
The victim and his wife were able to escape from the scene. The victim was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. His wounds would have been fatal if not immediately treated doctors told a deputy, according to court documents.
Deputies found Kern standing near an open garage door with a flat-bladed shovel with the 16-20 inch blade raised above his head, according to a report. Deputies tried to calm him down and asked him to put down the shovel and he allegedly refused.
They were able to subdue Kern with their Tasers after he turned and moved quickly toward one of the deputies with the shovel above his head. As he was being taken to custody, the deputies heard a fire alarm, and the suspect allegedly said he had started a fire.
The Victoria Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire and there was significant damage to the residence.
During an interview with a detective, Kern allegedly told authorities he tried to kill his father and said he picked up the knife and stabbed him in the stomach. When the detective tried to take a photograph of dried blood on Kern’s hand for evidence, Kern allegedly lunged at him and tried to grab him by the collar of his shirt.
Kern is charged with attempted murder in the second degree, first degree arson, two counts of felony assault. He was scheduled to make his first appearance in Carver County District Court on Nov. 2.