Prosecutors charged a Holmen man with stabbing a couple early Feb. 26 in Trempealeau County.

The female victim said Arik Schultz, 17, forced sexual contact with her during a party early that morning in the town of Trempealeau before stabbing her boyfriend outside a car, according to the complaint filed in Trempealeau County Circuit Court.

The woman reported the stabbing to 911 at 4:19 a.m. while the couple was en route to a hospital. She told dispatchers the male victim was losing blood and could no longer drive.

A sheriff’s deputy found the car parked on Hwy. 35 outside Centerville. The driver had stab wounds to his back, shoulder and groin and his girlfriend had cuts on her hand and arm, according to the complaint.

Deputies stopped Schultz’s car outside Centerville. He had blood on his face and clothing and a knife in his pocket, according to the complaint.

Schultz told authorities the woman grabbed his genitals before her boyfriend tackled him, the complaint stated. Schultz said he removed his pocketknife and stabbed the man “anywhere from one to 30 times,” according to the complaint. He denied stabbing the woman.

The female, of Mindoro, and her boyfriend, of La Crosse, were treated for their injuries.

A witness said Schultz confessed to the stabbing and told the victims that he would kill them if they didn’t leave the scene. He also threatened to stab witnesses if they reported the incident.

Prosecutors charged Schultz with eight felonies, including first-degree reckless injury and second-degree recklessly endangering safety, both with use of a dangerous weapon, and second-degree sexual assault. He returns to court March 17 for his preliminary hearing.

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Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at or 608-791-8224.

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