Teen charged as adult in connection to Baxter Co. stabbing

Teen charged as adult in connection to Baxter Co. stabbing
Kendall Skye Desetta (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
Kendall Skye Desetta (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
Crime scene at Lake Norfork (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
Crime scene at Lake Norfork (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Baxter County 18 year old is facing felony charges, while a 17 year old is also charged as an adult after a man was stabbed.

The Baxter County Sheriff's Office was called around 4:10 a.m. Monday about a 44-year-old man who was at the Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home with stab wounds.

He said he had been stabbed in the Buzzard Roost Marina area of Lake Norfork. The man, who is from Salem, drove himself to the hospital.

Information released Wednesday from the sheriff's office states the man has been moved out of the hospital's intensive care unit and is in stable condition.

He told a deputy that he had picked up 2 girls at a home in Midway to go to the lake to swim.

After getting into the water, the man said Anna Renae Runau, 18, of Gassville began stabbing him in the neck with a knife.

A 17-year-old girl, later identified as Kendall Skye Desetta of Gassville, was also with them at the lake.

A hospital employee told sheriff's deputies that 2 girls who matched the suspects' descriptions were seen in the hospital parking lot.

About 25 minutes later, Lt. Terry Johnson was approached by Runau. She admitted to him that she stabbed the man.

A Mountain Home police officer then found the other suspect sitting inside a vehicle in another section of the parking lot.

Desetta had been a runaway juvenile who was staying with Runau, according to the release.

Both girls were taken into custody and interviewed at the sheriff's office.

Investigators believe the 2 girls met the victim the previous night at a bar on Cranfield Road.

They then started texting the man around 1 a.m., asking him to meet them at the marina with the promise of a sexual encounter.

The news release stated that investigators believe Runau led him into the water and stabbed him in the neck with a knife. She then chased him out of the water, continuing to stab him in the left shoulder and left arm.

He was stabbed 7 times and one of the wounds was about 5 inches deep, according to the release.

During the interviews, 1 of the suspects said they wanted to steal the man's truck and drive it to Indiana.

An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission diver found the folding-type knife Monday evening in the general area where Runau said she threw it, according to Wednesday's news release. It was at the bottom of the lake in about 9 feet of water and about 50 feet from the shoreline.

Desetta reportedly told investigators Wednesday the knife recovered was the one used in the stabbing.

The knife will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for forensic processing. The man's truck was processed for evidence as well.

Runau is facing felony charges for criminal attempt to commit first degree murder and aggravated robbery. She is being held at the Baxter County Detention Center and has a $500,000 bond.

Desetta's name was released following Prosecuting Attorney David Ethredge's decision to charge her as an adult.

The teen faces one felony charge of aggravated robbery and is not believed to be involved in the stabbing.

Desetta was transferred from a juvenile detention center to the Baxter County Jail. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Runau and Desetta are expected to be in circuit court on Thursday, Sept. 3.

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