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June 15, 2014

Update: Three stabbings at What's Up Lounge deemed 'random'

Man arrested in stabbings at the What's Up Lounge

MANKATO — A Mankato man was arrested Saturday night for stabbing three unidentified men at the What's Up Lounge without any motive, according to the Mankato Department of Public Safety.

Mankato police responded at 9:50 p.m. to the report of an assault at 701 N. Riverfront Drive. Police found three men with "wounds determined to be caused by a knife" at the What's Up Lounge. One of the men was treated at the scene. The other two men were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Dosman Kizito Charles, 26, was arrested. The police report says he fled before police arrived but was found and arrested during a search of the surrounding area.

Sgt. Chris Baukol said initial interviews with the victims and witnesses suggest the attack was random.

"As far as we know, no one at the scene knew him or had any connection to him. It doesn't appear anything led up to the incident," Baukol said. "It really seems like a completely random act."

He said the incident occurred while people were waiting for a 10 p.m. show. The Facebook page for the What's Up Lounge said local band Just Mirlyn and Minneapolis band Poor Lemuel were scheduled to play Saturday night.

The report said police will request first, second and third-degree assault charges against Charles.

Charles previously pleaded guilty on April 28 to felony charges in two separate Blue Earth County cases. He plead guilty to felony terroristic threats and gross misdemeanor obstruction of legal process in one case. In the other case, he pleaded guilty to felony first-degree damage to property.

He was arrested in 2013 in Mankato for allegedly breaking windows on three occasions at SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church and separately for allegedly throwing a brick through a window at Joseph's Off Sale Liquor before ransacking the store.

He plead guilty to misdemeanor DWI and misdemeanor theft in 2013 and felony aiding and abetting a theft in 2009.

Mankato police previously responded on May 18 to a unrelated incident at the What's Up Lounge for a "physical dispute where gunshots were fired." No arrests were made in the incident.


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