Man charged with fatally stabbing St. Paul’s apartment – Twin Cities

A 46-year-old man with a violent criminal past was charged Friday with fatally stabbing a man in St. Paul’s North End on Monday, the same day the victim was released from jail.

Dwight David Ford of St. Paul is facing a second degree murder charge in Ramsey County District Court for the murder of 41-year-old Christopher Shawndale Pryor of Minneapolis at an apartment building in the 100 block of Winnipeg Ave.

Ford, who is in the Ramsey County Jail, is due in court for the first time on Monday.

When officers arrived at the apartment at around 5:30 p.m., they found Pryor on his back, bleeding from multiple stab wounds to his abdomen. Doctors pronounced him dead at the scene.

Pryor’s sister, identified in the criminal complaint as ADT, was at the scene and told officers her brother had just been released from jail that day, according to the criminal complaint. She said he called her and asked her to pick him up from the apartment, but when she arrived he was not there.

She told officers she called him several times from Born’s Bar and when he picked up she heard him arguing with a man over money and a woman screaming in the background.

Pryor’s sister said she ran to the scene and was told by a woman leaving the building that two men had fought and one had been stabbed.

Homicide investigators have spoken to a witness, who is listed on the apartment lease. He said Pryor and another man, later identified as Ford, and two women had been there for about three to four hours and were smoking crack cocaine, according to the criminal complaint.


At one point an argument broke out over money between Pryor, a woman, and Ford. The witness said he then left the apartment when the argument started. Shortly after, the two women fled.

One of the women told the witness that Pryor and Ford were physically fighting in the apartment. The witness told investigators that Ford had left the apartment and, when asked about Pryor, he “calmly told him he was upstairs,” the complaint read.

When the witness went upstairs to the apartment, he discovered that Pryor had been stabbed.

The witness told investigators he saw Ford with a six-inch black folding knife shortly before the stabbing.

Police found Ford’s cellphone at the scene of the assault and surveillance video shows him talking on a cellphone outside the building about five hours prior.

On Thursday, officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 800 block of Rice Street for a disturbance. The 911 caller told dispatchers that Ford, who was her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, was at her apartment door. She told dispatchers he was wanted for murder and had been stabbed on Winnipeg Avenue.

Officers located Ford south of Sycamore and Rice streets and arrested him without incident.


In an interview with investigators, Ford confessed to stabbing Pryor and confirmed that CP was his girlfriend and worked as a prostitute, according to the complaint. Ford said he and his girlfriend smoked crack cocaine all day at the Winnipeg Avenue apartment and set up a “thing” with Pryor, where CP agreed to perform sex acts on him for money. money and crack.

After the “trick”, according to Ford, Pryor told them he was missing $120 and he accused CP of stealing the money. Ford said an argument broke out and his girlfriend “started to look scared,” the complaint read. Ford said he grabbed a knife in the kitchen and he and Pryor had a physical altercation in the bathroom. He said he stabbed Pryor two to three times, according to the complaint.

Ford is currently listed as a predatory non-compliant offender with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. His criminal history includes convictions for Kidnapping, Terrorist Threats, First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with Injury/Force, Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, Second Degree Robbery, and Escape.

According to court records, Pryor had 10 felony convictions dating back to 2008, all for drugs, theft or burglary. He was sentenced to 29 months in prison after a 2020 burglary conviction in Dakota County and released Monday and on supervised probation.

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