MANKATO — A felony assault charge has been filed against a Waseca man who allegedly broke a man’s jaw in February for refusing to wrestle with him.
Witnesses told a Blue Earth County sheriff’s deputy the suspect and victim were at an underage drinking party south of Mankato when the assault occurred.
The assault was reported three days after it happened when Kelly Dillon called 911 while her son, who is only identified by the initials “T.D.” in the criminal complaint, was in surgery for a broken jaw at the Mankato Surgical Center.
The victim was able to give deputy Tom Coulter the name of two people who witnessed the assault. He said Chelsey Langerman and Adam Flategraff were at the party with him during the early morning hours of Feb. 27.
When Langerman was interviewed March 2, she told Coulter people at the party had been drinking when Flategraff and the victim started wrestling on the living room floor. They stopped and were sitting on a couch when Samuel Lee Milbrett, 20, walked up and told the victim he wanted to wrestle.
When the victim said he didn’t want to wrestle, Milbrett allegedly punched him in the face and knocked him to the ground. Langerman said the victim attempted to get up to fight, but he was bleeding profusely from the mouth. Milbrett, who Langerman said was intoxicated, attempted to apologize to the victim before leaving the party.
Flategraff also said Milbrett was intoxicated and had been drinking with him. He told Coulter he separated Milbrett from the victim, who had also been drinking, and Milbrett continued to want to fight after he was taken outside.
When Milbrett was interviewed, he told Coulter he had been wrestling with the victim and the victim hit him first. He said he then hit the victim but didn’t mean to hit him hard enough to break his jaw.
Milbrett is to make his first court appearance for the third-degree assault charge July 26.