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November 8, 2013

Chair assault lands man in jail

Deputy burned with cigarette delivers blow

MANKATO — An argument between two brothers allegedly included furniture flying into a window and was brought to a quick end with a deputy's blow to one of the men.

Deputies were called to 609 McCauley St., near Land of Memories Park, at about 11 p.m. Thursday for a report of a disturbance. When the first deputy arrived, he found Robert Scott Amundsen, 28, of Columbia Heights sitting outside and smoking a cigarette. Amundsen ran to the house and the deputy followed. He reported he was confronted by Amundsen and his brother, identified as B.A. in a criminal complaint filed in Blue Earth County District Court, as he entered the house.

The two men continued to yell at each other as the deputy realized Amundsen's brother was covered in blood and shattered glass from a window was all over the floor. The deputy pulled out a stun gun and ordered Amundsen's brother to the floor as he also attempted to force Amundsen back outside, the complaint said. Amundsen refused to leave, continuing his attempts to get at his brother, until a second deputy arrived and pulled him out to the yard.

Amundsen allegedly continued to argue with the second deputy until he was forced to the ground. As the deputy was attempting to pull Amundsen's hands behind his back so he could be handcuffed, he realized his hand was being burned by a cigarette Amundsen was holding.

"In response, (the deputy) immediately delivered a strike to Amundsen's left side brachial plexus to cause him to drop the cigarette and disrupt his ability to resist handcuffing," the complaint said. "That strike was immediately effective and (the deputy) was able to handcuff Amundsen."

After Amundsen was arrested, his brother and a witness at the house were interviewed. Both said the brothers were having a verbal argument while in separate rooms when Amundsen walked into the living with a chair and threw it at his brother. The chair missed hitting B.A., but it did hit a large window. The shattering glass cut the victim on his neck and arms.

The witness told deputies Amundsen had been drinking and smoking synthetic marijuana before the argument started.

Amundsen appeared in court Friday for charges of second-degree assault for allegedly throwing the chair at his brother and fourth-degree assault for allegedly burning the deputy with his cigarette.

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