A 44-year-old man bleeding from stab wounds arrived at a western Minnesota hospital Tuesday in a private vehicle and soon died, authorities said.

A 54-year-old man with a long criminal history was arrested the same day in Montevideo at an apartment in the 700 block of Sherman Avenue, where the altercation occurred, according to Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher.

Kevin Arthur Richardson, who died at Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital, was attacked on the front steps of the address, which Christopher described as "an old store converted into apartments."

Christopher described the two men as friends who lived at that address. As for what prompted the stabbing, the chief said, "I don't think that has been established at this time." The knife has been recovered, Christopher said.

The suspect, from Montevideo, was booked into jail early Tuesday evening on suspicion of second-degree murder and fleeing police. He remains held there without bail.

Christopher said the suspect tried to elude officers but was quickly caught.

Court records show the suspect has many convictions in Minnesota spanning most of his adult life. They include soliciting sex from a child, twice failing to follow predatory offender filing rules, theft, possessing drug paraphernalia, assault, disorderly conduct, damage to property, harassment, disturbing the peace and four drunken-driving convictions.

The police chief said his department has "had numerous contacts" with the suspect, and officers have been called to the home nearly three dozen times in the past two years for domestic disputes and other problems.

Paul Walsh