Police: Man stabs, hits opponent in the head with rubber mallet over ‘magic’ card game

The suspect allegedly stabbed his opponent seven times, and called police to say he was dying

A Minnesota man is in custody after allegedly stabbing another man seven times early Friday morning over an argument stemming from a card game, reports Fox 9.

Elijia Dale Creech, 31, called police around 12:06 a.m. saying that he stabbed a 20-year-old man in his St. Cloud apartment, and the man was dying.

He later told detectives the two of them were playing the Magic the Gathering trading card game when the argument began. Creech grew so angry during the argument that he grabbed a rubber mallet and hit the other man in the face before stabbing him seven times.

According to its website, “Magic the Gathering is a collectible card game: you buy the cards, collect them, trade them, and play with them.”

Each card uses a different creature or spell, and the card player, or mage, uses the cards to defeat the other players’ creatures and spells.

The 20-year-old suffered from stab wounds all around his neck and on his cheek. He was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital where he was treated for “substantial injuries” that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Detectives learned later on that Creech has a prior conviction for possession of an explosive with intent. Authorities executed a search warrant and the St. Cloud Fire Department of Hazardous Materials Response Team tested the air along with several of Creech’s possessions for possible hazardous materials. All the tests came back negative.

Creech is in custody at the Benton County Jail where he is being held on suspicion of first and second degree assault charges.

Earlier this year in January, a 31-year-old man was arrested in Carson City, Nevada, after he got into a physical altercation with his brother over the rules of Magic the Gathering, reports Epicstream.

Officers responded to the scene just before 1 a.m. and met the victim outside of his home. He said he and his brother began arguing over one of the rules of the game, and his brother punched him in the back of the head, sparking a fight. The victim told the officers that while he was waiting for police to arrive he grabbed a sword for his protection.

The 31-year-old was arrested for suspicion of domestic battery.


Feature photo: Benton County Jail