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Fargo woman pleads guilty to stabbings in parking lot of downtown restaurant

Ashley Larson is slated to be sentenced in late January for two counts of aggravated assault. A third count will be dismissed.

Ashley Ivy Larson

FARGO — A woman has pleaded guilty to charges of stabbing three people, including two while she was naked in the parking lot of a downtown Fargo restaurant.

Ashley Ivy Larson, 30, of Fargo entered guilty pleas Monday, Nov. 29, in Cass County District Court to two felony counts of aggravated assault. A third count was dismissed.

Larson was slated to go to trial Tuesday for the May 13 incident.

According to court documents, Larson stabbed John Townsend in his Fargo apartment before running to the nearby Mexican Village restaurant. The two knew each other, but it’s unclear what relationship they shared.

In the restaurant parking lot, Larson asked Sandra Miles and Sabra Low, two women she didn't know, for a ride. Larson rushed at Low and stabbed her in the chest area, court documents said. Larson then stabbed Miles multiple times, court documents said.


Low and Miles fled, but Larson barricaded herself in their vehicle, court documents alleged. The incident prompted an hours-long standoff. A nude Larson eventually surrendered to police.

Townsend, Miles and Low suffered injuries that were not-life-threatening.

Larson is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, Jan. 31, pending the completion of a presentencing investigation. She faces up to 10 years in prison for each count, prosecutor Ryan Younggren said.

She remains in custody at the Cass County Jail.

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