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July 29, 2013

Wells man charged in bar glass fight

Charges filed last week for October incident

ST. CLAIR — It took more than nine months, but a man who allegedly insulted a St. Clair bartender's girth and mother before bashing him in the head with a drink glass has been charged with assault.

The bartender called 911 at about 11 a.m. Oct. 5 to report the assault. When a deputy arrived at the bar, the bartender said two men entered the bar and ordered drinks at about 10 minutes before he called.

One of the men had a beard and it was that man who made a remark about the bartender's size and a vulgar comment about his mother, according to a criminal complaint filed last week. After waiting on other customers, the bartender told the men they had to leave and attempted to take their drinks away.

The bartender, "stated he was then punched in the side of the head and also had a drink glass slammed against his head," the complaint said. He then grabbed the man who assaulted him and escorted him out the front door.

After being sent outside, the other man attempted to assault the bartender, but fell into the street, the bartender reported. They then left town in a white Dodge Durango with a broken rear window.

Deputies weren't able to locate the vehicle, but a police officer in Minnesota Lake reported he recognized the description. He told the investigating deputy that it belonged to Robert Raphael Schultz, 45, of Wells.

A sheriff's detective met with the bartender a few days after the assault and showed a photo lineup, which included a picture of Schultz. The bartneder said he was "positive" that Schultz was the man who had assaulted him, the complaint said.

When the detective met with Schultz, he allegedly admitted to being at the bar. He said he didn't remember insulting the bartender or hitting him with a bar glass, but he did remember getting thrown out of the bar after ordering a drink, the detective reported.

Schultz also said it was the other man who punched the bartender, the complaint said. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Aug. 9 for a felony charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and two misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree assault.

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