Two NIC students arrested for role in violent home break-in



Posted on December 5, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 5 at 7:12 PM

COEUR D’ALENE—Two North Idaho college students are in custody Monday for their alleged roll in a violent home break-in.

Both Wesley Celestine and Jacob Selaci appeared in Kootenai County court Monday after being arrested over the weekend and both men may face charges stronger than jail time.

Coeur d’Alene police say a dispute over marijuana led to the stabbing of 20-year-old Tyler Paulsen and 20-year-old Michael Chilcote.  Police say the men were stabbed with a machete during a fight on Saturday. 

Officials say the two victims were taken to a local hospital and have been released.

Investigators say Celestine stabbed both of the victims.  Celestine is being charged with felony aggravated battery, attempted robbery and burglary.  He is also facing misdemeanor charges for possession of a controlled substance after he was found with marijuana.

Police say Jacob Selaci attempted to rob the apartment as well and hid a baseball bat used during the attack.

Officials say both men are students at North Idaho College and Selaci plays on the school’s soccer team.  They say Celestine is a recruit for the basketball team at NIC.

The judge ordered a $25,000 dollar bond for Selaci and a $150,000 dollar bond for Celestine.

North Idaho College officials say both men will no longer play for the school after their arrests.  Police say they are still investigating the two victims to see what their rolls were in the alleged drug dispute.

Coeur d’Alene police officials say this violent break-in is not related to any of the recent break-ins that have been occurring across Kootenai County.