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Minneapolis man charged with allegedly striking man with crowbar

WILLMAR -- A 19-year-old Minneapolis man made his first appearance Monday on felony assault charges for allegedly hitting a man in the head with a crowbar in January.

Jimmy Alexander Gogoi faces a second-degree and a third-degree assault charge, in Kandiyohi County District Court, for an incident at an apartment complex near Ridgewater College. Unconditional bail was set at $40,000 with conditional bail allowed for $10,000 or $1,500 cash. He was ordered to have no contact with two others involved in the case, not enter the Evergreen Apartment complex and possess no weapons. His next appearance is Aug. 3.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called Jan. 29 to the apartments along the 1300 block of 24th Street Northwest on a report that a shot was fired. A citizen reported that a shot was fired by a man and that there was a large group of people gathered in the courtyard.

Officers approached the man who had allegedly fired the shot and found that he had blood on his face and large gashes on his forehead and the back of his head. The man was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment, which include sutures to close the wounds.

The man was interviewed at the hospital and said he had been at a party, had left and later found a large group of people gathered nearby. He said he loaded his shotgun and left it in the apartment, went out to talk to the group and was struck in the head. He returned to get the gun and fired it in the air to scare off the attackers.

A police investigation led officers to another man, who said the injured man had been involved in an altercation at the party and that the group had gathered to confront him. He said Gogoi was the only person to strike the man with the crowbar and did so four to five times.

The injured man later identified Gogoi as his alleged attacker in a photo lineup.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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