NORTH MANKATO — Two men were arrested and a third suspect is wanted for questioning after police responded to an assault at a North Mankato residence early Wednesday morning.
Police were called to 2106 Hemlock Trail twice for reports of fights taking place there, once at about 4:30 a.m. and again at about 6:10 a.m., said Lt. Nicole Adams, a North Mankato detective. Two arrests were made after police found a bleeding man while responding to the second call.
The 23-year-old victim, who was taken to the hospital by ambulance, is not being identified because the incident remains under investigation, Adams said. The men arrested were 21-year-old Douglas Lamont Gatlin of North Mankato and 19-year-old Shabakah Owens III of Plymouth.
Adams said no evidence had been found Wednesday showing weapons were involved, but first-degree assault charges were being considered for Gatlin, who lives at the residence. Disorderly conduct and assault charges also are being requested for Owens.
Both men are in jail and are expected to make their first court appearances today. Alcohol was a factor, Adams said.
Gatlin ran from the townhouse after police were called, but was arrested by other law enforcement officers responding to the call. Owens had a warrant for his arrest and was taken into custody during the first call to the residence, but apparently posted bail and returned before police were called a second time.
The owner of the townhouse, Mark Wellner, was not home at the time of the incident. Matt Robinson, a neighbor, said several other people started staying at Wellner’s residence regularly in May. Police have been called to the residence in the past, Adams said.
Robinson said neighbors were concerned Wednesday because the incident rattled the child-filled neighborhood that is usually quiet. He said he and another man had to clean up glass from the driveway outside Wellner’s townhouse because something had been thrown through a second-floor window.
Robinson said neighbors also were concerned because police didn’t tell them what had happened, why a bloody man was loaded into an ambulance, why several people left in handcuffs or whether they were still looking for suspects.
“I went over there and put on some gloves to help clean up glass,” he said. “We shouldn’t have to do that. We don’t know about blood, but it’s either that or let the kids get into it.”