Minnesota Trump supporter attacked older couple with golf club, charges say
Victims were sitting with political sign, according to complaint
ST. PAUL — A man who identified as a supporter of President Donald Trump used a golf club to assault an older couple sitting by a political sign in White Bear Lake, charges say.
Mark Anthony Ulsaker, 50, of Lino Lakes, is charged with one count of second-degree assault, one count of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer and one count of threats of violence, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Ramsey County District Court.
At about 3:20 p.m. Sunday, White Bear Lake police officers responded to the intersection of Minnesota 96 and Centerville Road after receiving multiple 911 calls from witnesses reporting a man assaulting two people with a golf club, the complaint said.
When officers arrived, they found a group of people standing on the northeast corner of the intersection, and the couple, an 80-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman. A witness told police that the suspect, a man in his mid-40s, walked up behind the couple and began to swing his club at their heads, the complaint said. The club broke in the process and the suspect then punched the man in the head.
The witness told investigators the suspect then went to his pickup truck, which was parked in a nearby parking lot, with the woman chasing after him. The suspect then drove his truck over the curb toward the woman but did not hit her, the complaint said. The suspect then fled the scene.
According to the complaint, officers found a broken golf club shaft at the scene of the incident.
The woman said she and her husband were sitting on the corner next to a political sign they had made. The complaint didn’t include details about the sign, but Sunday’s incident occurred a day after Trump lost reelection to former Vice President Joe Biden.
As the couple were sitting on the corner, the suspect pulled up next to them in a red truck and yelled profanities at them, the complaint said. The couple ignored the man, who suddenly approached them on foot from behind and began attacking them with a golf club without provocation, the complaint said.
A witness gave police a license plate number for the red truck, which was registered to Ulsaker. Officers went to his residence and located the truck and Ulsaker. When officers tried to take Ulsaker into custody, the complaint said, he resisted and swung at an officer.
The officer blocked Ulsaker’s blow and pushed him away. When the officer pulled his stun gun, Ulsaker complied and was taken into custody, the complaint said. The officer had pain, swelling and bruising to his right thumb.
In an interview with authorities, Ulsaker said he is a Trump supporter and that he got mad when saw the couple’s political sign. He said he pulled up by them and “flipped them off.” He then parked nearby and walked up to them, the complaint said. He said he kicked the sign over and began swinging his club at the woman, hitting her chair and then pushed it over with her in it.
Ulsaker said that the man “came after him” and so he punched him in the head with his right fist, according to the complaint. He said he then walked away and drove his truck onto the curb to frighten the woman, but that he did not intend to hit her, the complaint said. Ulsaker said the golf club broke when he hit the woman’s chair with it.
Ulsaker admitted that he resisted the officers attempting to take him into custody, and that he “swung a little,” the complaint said.
Ulsaker had his first court appearance Tuesday morning, and a hearing is scheduled for Nov. 23. An attorney is currently not listed on his court records.