Grand Portage man charged with attempted murder

A 21 year old Grand Portage man has appeared in Cook County on a charge of attempted murder in the first degree. The arraignment of Steven Warren Robert Anishnabie was scheduled for 10 a.m. today, May 17.

According to the complaint, Anishnabie stabbed Grand Portage Casino security guard Rollin Edward Baird in the early morning of May 15. According to a statement given to Cook County Deputy Will Sandstrom, Anishnabie said he had planned to stab Baird “for a couple of months” because he did not think Baird was appreciative of casino customers.

Baird was taken to the hospital with a knife wound to his neck, just missing the carotid artery. The attack took place near the casino security podium and was likely caught on video tape.

If convicted, the felony carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.