After Reyes walked to the police department to report the stabbing, he gave officers permission to go into the house to look for Tiegs. Reyes told police he was living there with Tiegs and his mother.
Rena Tiegs said she found out about the stabbing immediately after it happened when her son called her. She said she told him to lock the doors because she was concerned Reyes would retaliate. Mackenzie Tiegs was arrested without incident after police officers walked over to the house, Chief Chris Boyer said Monday.
Reyes was not supposed to be living in the house, Rena Tiegs said Wednesday as she prepared to post a $10,000 bond for her son's release from the Nicollet County Jail. Reyes had just returned from a trip and was staying there temporarily, but her landlord didn't want him living there because his name isn't on the lease, she said.
The two men had fought about Reyes' treatment of the dog in the past and it wasn't uncommon for her son to protect the dog, Rena Tiegs said. Mackenzie Tiegs is about to graduate from high school and was planning to attend a school in Wisconsin to learn how to operate heavy machinery.
"My kid is not a violent person," she said. "If you meet the kid, he's happy-go-lucky."