— Police have arrested two men suspected of beating and robbing a man who left a bar with them around closing time June 6.
The victim was found lying on the ground at about 2:30 a.m. outside a residence at 237 Tanager Path (not Tanager Road as police previously said).
The man is not being identified by police, so a condition report could not be obtained from the hospital.
He told police he knew who assaulted him but could only identify the person as “Alpo” as he slipped in and out of consciousness. The victim also reported about $1,000 in cash and a $550 Bulova watch had been stolen.
Both suspects were questioned by police after a vehicle they were traveling in was stopped on South Victory Drive a short time after the assault was reported. They had blood on their clothing and shoes that couldn’t be explained, but they were released because the victim was too injured to immediately identify anyone. A witness also was unable to identify the men stopped as being the suspects.
Andre Vaughn Battle Jr., 20, of North Mankato was driving the vehicle. He told an officer one of his passengers, 25-year-old Ramone LaShawn Williams of North Mankato, had called and asked to be picked up outside an apartment complex.
The officer reported Battle had what looked like a splotch of blood on the hip of his underwear. Williams, who was only wearing socks on his feet, had what appeared to be blood on his pants and knuckles, according to criminal complaints. A pair of shoes found in the stopped vehicle were marked with what officers suspected was fresh blood.
“Williams stated that he had been at Boomtown partying with some people and he went to an apartment complex ‘somewhere near Boomtown’ and a fight broke out,” the complaint said.
He also told the officers he witnessed an assault at the party and helped pull the attacker off the victim.
A man who witnessed the attack and called 911 reported there were multiple people involved in the incident, which he initially thought was a fight. He said he opened his door and told everyone to leave after a man started kicking the victim in the head while he was down. He was not able to say for sure that Williams was the person who had kicked the victim.
The victim was interviewed again by police after he had received treatment for his head injuries. At that point he told an officer he had met “Alpo” a couple of days earlier. They were together at Boomtown, a bar in the University Square mall, before the assault, the victim said. The last thing he remembered before the attack was leaving with “Alpo” and a few other men in a Buick SUV.
One of the officers involved in the initial stop of Williams and Battle was working again Sunday when he received a report that Williams was in a bar. The report also said Williams was wearing the watch that had been stolen from the victim.
Williams was arrested and the officer was able to use a serial number to verify the watch was the Bulova taken from the victim. Security video from Boomtown also showed Williams and Battle had been at the bar before the assault, the complaint said.
They have been charged with third-degree assault and first-degree robbery. Bail was set at $150,000 for Williams during his initial court appearance Monday. Vaughn’s bail was set at $30,000 when he appeared in court Tuesday.