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Man stabbed in ice fishing hut on Sylvan Lake

An ice fishing weekend turned violent as one man was stabbed while in a hut on Sylvan Lake.

A 28-year-old Three Hills man is facing several charges as a result of the incident.

Police were called to the ice fishing hut at about 3 a.m. on Saturday morning after receiving a report that a man had been stabbed.

By the time police arrived at the hut, the victim had been taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre by a friend who was at a nearby hut.

The victim has since been treated and released from hospital.

Police took a male and female into custody without incident and the female was later released without charges.

Police said an altercation broke out inside the hut after the two men returned from a night of drinking, although the motive for the altercation is unclear.

The weapon police believe was used in the assault has been recovered from under the ice.

Casey Kristopher Staple, of Three Hills, faces one count of aggravated assault and three counts of failing to comply with a recognizance.

Police are not releasing the name of the victim.

Staple was released from custody after appearing before a justice of the peace. He is scheduled to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Feb. 8.

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