WILLISTON, N.D.—A 31-year-old Iron River man has been charged with murder in connection with the stabbing death of a 32-year-old Iron River man here early on March 17.
According to the Williams County Sheriff’s office, Ryan Anderson is being held on a Class AA felony charge of murder. Bond was to be set at a hearing held late last week.
The sheriff’s office said Anderson is being held for the fatal stabbing of Christopher King, 31, of Iron River. The two lived and worked together at the Capital Lodge man camp near Tioga, a little northeast of Williston.
In the last couple years, Williston has become a boom town due to development of the Williston Basin and its rich deposits of petroleum, oil and potash, through drilling and “fracking.” As a result, the historically agricultural area has seen a huge increase of population due to workers moving in, looking for work in the oil fields or related businesses.
An affidavit of probable cause, filed by the Williams County Sheriff’s office, said Anderson and King had been longtime friends.
The affidavit, according to the Williston Herald, quoted a witness who said King and several other roommates at Capital Lodge intervened in a “physical altercation” between Anderson and a girlfriend earlier that night.
After that fight ended, the statement said, the residents were waiting around in the commons area, waiting for Anderson to go to bed so they could, too.
Anderson then came out of his room with his right hand in a front sweatshirt pocket, and he kept it there until he allegedly stabbed King.
Surveillance camera images, said the affidavit, show the suspect stood in the commons area and started backing down the hallway when King came into the hallway and grabbed Anderson. “The knife, a 3-4 inch black-bladed Schrade ‘Black Ice’ folding knife, then came out of Anderson’s pocket before King backed up and looked down at his chest and abdomen.”
King was stabbed twice in the chest and twice in the abdomen. He managed to walk out of the housing unit before collapsing in the parking lot.
The witness said Anderson tried to stab him in the chest, too, but he was not cut. Still holding the knife, Anderson then moved to where King had retreated before the girlfriend confronted him. He pushed her against the wall and charged off camera.
King and Anderson were taken in the same private vehicle to the Tioga Medical Center, where King was pronounced dead and Anderson was arrested.
Sheriff’s officers received the initial report shortly after 4 a.m. on March 17. The sheriff’s office worked in conjunction with the Tioga Police Department.