Man charged for stabbing attorney in the face, throat

4:47 PM, Jun 14, 2010   |    comments
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Sheikh Nyane

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- A St. Paul man was charged Monday with stabbing his ex-wife's attorney at her office in Fridley.

Authorities say 32-year-old Sheikh Nyane recently lost legal and physical custody of his child.

Last Friday, Nyane entered the office of 54-year-old Terri Ann Melcher.

"Apparently he just walked in but we think this is a pretty brazen attack," Lt. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriff's Department said Monday.

Sommer said Nyane came into Melcher's office right around 5 p.m. on Friday, she was there alone.

Melcher had represented Nyane's  ex-wife in the case and allegedly stabbed the attorney repeatedly in the face and throat.

After stabbing her more than a dozen times Nyane left Melcher and she was able to call 911 and tell paramedics and police who did this to her.

Around fourty minutes after the stabbing, Nyane walked into a Minneapolis gas station and said he needed police called.

The suspect confessed to law enforcement that he committed the stabbing and used a knife he brought with him from home.

Sheikh Nyane is charged with attempted murder in the first and second degree.

The 54-year-old woman was in critical but stable condition after the Friday night attack.  She is expected to survive.

Police say they learned Monday Nanye's attorney had called to warn Melcher that Nanye may become violent, but that call came too late.  It was only discovered Monday morning, when the office opened for business.

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