2 people stabbed during robbery at North St. Paul antique store, police say

A 74-year-old Anoka man stabbed two people at a North St. Paul antique store Thursday during an attempted robbery, police say.

Officers were dispatched shortly before noon to a shop in the 2500 block of Seventh Avenue, where a robbery was reportedly in progress, according to a news release issued by the North St. Paul Police Department.

When police arrived, bystanders directed them to a man who was fleeing the scene on foot, the news release said.

After the suspect attacked one officer with an unidentified chemical irritant, another officer subdued the man with a taser and took him into custody, according to the news release.

Officers found two people at the scene who were suffering from stab wounds; they were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with potentially life-threatening injuries, the news release said.

The officer who was sprayed with the chemical irritant was treated at Regions and later released.

The suspect, who police identified as Jeffrey Frederic Frank, was booked into Ramsey County Jail about 1 p.m.

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