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July 30, 2013

Police searching for suspects in downtown assault

Victim: Man's punch knocked out teeth

MANKATO — An altercation outside a downtown bar early Saturday morning sent at least two people to the hospital, but police are still looking for the two men who were allegedly throwing the punches.

Sharee Nolan, 27, said one of the men punched her in the face, knocking out one tooth and breaking others. She said she's hoping the suspects are caught because that's the only way she will be able to afford an oral surgeon.

"He took off running and they haven't caught him yet and my teeth are still missing," Nolan said. "I want the man who knocked my teeth out to pay to get them fixed."

Nolan admits she'd had a few drinks Friday night and Saturday morning before heading to Mettler's Bar at about 1:50 a.m. Saturday. She said a large man was being escorted out of the bar at the same time.

"When they put him out, he just got to beating people up," she said. "He knocked an older man down, so I went to help him. He knocked me down and I got to fighting him because I didn't care if he was a man."

A white male and a Hispanic ran from the mall area outside Mettler's before police arrived, said Mankato police Sgt. Justin Neumann. The man who was assaulted was in his 50s and the man's son also got into a conflict with the suspects after his father was attacked.

Officers received different reports about what happened from witnesses who were interviewed at the scene, including Nolan, Neumann said. The assaults also happened in a spot around the corner from the bar and wasn't caught on one of the many city video cameras strategically placed downtown. Officers also were waiting to talk to Nolan again with the hope of getting more information about possible suspects.

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