Mar 23, 2013 6:10 PM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)

Gardipee charged with stabbing woman in Helena

Tyrel Gardipee of Helena has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a woman during an early morning altercation.

Helena police received a call from St. Peter's Hospital that a man and woman walked into the emergency department with knife wounds on their hands and arms.

Their injuries were not reported to be critical.

According to police, the incident occurred sometime before 5 a.m. in an apartment building on the 2000 block of North Sanders Street.

Gardipee, 28, was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon and violation of probation. The woman involved so far has not been charged.

In 2010, Gardipee received a deferred sentence for an assault with a weapon charge at an East Helena home. In that case, he reportedly held a gun to his estranged wife's head and threatened to shoot her.

According to reports, Gardipee appeared to be intoxicated in both cases.

He has not yet appeared in court on this latest charge.

Photo above is from his court appearance for the 2010 incident.

(September, 2011) After a change of plea, Tyrel Gardipee of Helena was sentenced on Friday after threatening to kill his estranged wife several months ago.

Gardipee, 26, had earlier pleaded not guilty to felony charges of assault with a weapon.

He was arrested on December 3rd after he reportedly threatened to kill the woman with a .45 semi-automatic weapon.

The incident occurred after an argument ensued outside an East Helena home between the two.

Gardipee eventually turned himself in to law enforcement.

The County Attorney's office amended the charges to criminal endangerment, to which Gardipee pleaded guilty.

Because Gardipee has been attending AA and anger management classes, Judge Sherlock agreed to a three-year deferred sentence to the Department of Corrections.

No fines were imposed, but the weapon Gardipee used was taken by authorities.

Gardipee will remain on probation during that time.