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March 28, 2014

Elmore family faces rioting charges

Incident involved dispute with South Africans

BLUE EARTH — Three members of an Elmore family are facing multiple rioting charges over allegations that they attempted to fight a group people that were described as South Africans in the complaint.

Matthew Beck, 24, his brother Colby Beck, 20, and their father David Beck, 47, were each charged with felony second-degree rioting with a dangerous weapon and gross misdemeanor third-degree rioting. Matthew Beck was also charged with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

According to the three criminal complaints, Matthew Beck and his girlfriend Amy Garvick were hanging with a group of South Africans at the Elmore American Legion last June. David Beck is scheduled for a jury trial on April 23. Matthew Beck and Colby Beck are still awaiting a scheduling of their jury trials.

When the building closed, Beck and Garvick were invited to the group's residence to cook food and continue socializing. Garvick rode to the house with one of the members of the group, which upset Beck.

At the residence, Beck allegedly accused Garvick of being sexually involved with several members of the group. Garvick told Beck that he was ridiculous and left on foot.

Brady Tesch, a friend of Beck, told police in a later interview that he found Beck outside shortly after the incident. He said Beck was being very disrespectful and shouting racial slurs at the group. He said Beck also accused them of hiding Garvick from him..

Werner Esterhuizen, a member of the group, later told police that he told Beck that his claims about Garvick's sexual activity were incorrect. He said he even helped Beck search the house to defuse the situation.

Beck alleged used increasingly abusive language despite a search of the entire property. Esterhuizen then told Beck to leave. Beck allegedly made a sudden aggressive move towards Esterhuizen, who responded with a blow that knocked Beck to the ground. Beck then reportedly left the property.

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