Attempted murder charges have been filed against a 47-year-old Mankato man who allegedly hit an acquaintance in the head with a baseball bat Saturday.

Police officers responding to a fight in the 1500 block of Woodland Avenue reported the victim, David Wojciechowski, was bleeding from the head when they arrived. He and another witness told the officers Jimmy Lee Turner was responsible for the injuries. Wojciechowski also reported Turner had threatened to shoot him.

Charges of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault and making terroristic threats were filed against Turner on Monday.

Wojciechowski told officers he and Turner have a long history of disagreements, including an incident about a month ago when Wojciechowski punched Turner in the head and knocked him unconscious, the criminal complaint said.

Someone called police at 11:35 p.m. Saturday to report two or three men were fighting outside the Woodland Avenue residence. When two officers arrived, Randy Stoltzman told them his friend had been hit in the head with a baseball bat. An ambulance was called after Wojciechowski came out of Stoltzman’s residence and the officers saw his injuries.

Stoltzman said he was playing poker in his garage with Wojciechowski and other friends when Wojciechowski received a text message that made him upset. Stoltzman said he followed Wojciechowski out of the garage and watched him get hit in the head by another man, who was later identified as Turner.

Stoltzman said he grabbed the bat after the first blow and broke up the fight. Turner then got into his car and said, as he was driving away, that he was going to come back and “shoot up the place.”

Wojciechowski, who had a large cut on his face, told the officers he remembered walking back to the garage, but not much after that. After being taken to the hospital, he was interviewed again by one of the officers.

At that point he said he and Turner had both been dating Stoltzman’s sister on and off for the past decade. He also said Turner was hiding a baseball bat behind his leg during a verbal confrontation outside Stoltzman’s house, then used the bat to hit him in the head.

About a month earlier, Turner also had arrived at Wojciechowski’s house in Mankato with another man and lured Wojciechowski outside. That night Wojciechowski punched Turner in the head after a verbal confrontation, the criminal complaint said. Turner fell to the ground and was unconscious for a short period of time, he said.

There is no record of a charge being filed as a result of that incident and Wojciechowski could not be reached for comment.

Turner’s bail was set at $50,000 Monday with the conditions he not have any contact with Wojciechowski or Stoltzman, be monitored by a global positioning system and not possess firearms.

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