St. Paul Man Fights For His Life After Brutal Beating By Gang Members (Video)
A St. Paul man is fighting for his life after a brutal beating late last Sunday night.
The beating took place a block from a police station.
Even if Ray Widstrand survives he will likely have permanent brain damage.
Four young males have been arrested after the senseless, brutal beating of a man on a late-night walk Sunday on St. Paul’s East Side, police said Friday.
The victim, Ray Widstrand, 26, of St. Paul, reportedly was in critical condition at Regions Hospital with potentially fatal brain swelling.
Police found Widstrand lying on the ground, bleeding from his nose and mouth, his pants removed and shirt torn, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
“He’s in the most difficult time right now, as far as swelling and cranial pressure. We’re in that critical time,” his father, Peter Widstrand, said.
According to the complaint, Widstrand was attacked when he tried to walk through a group of 30 to 50 juveniles and young adults fighting near Payne and Minnehaha avenues in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
His family said he had been living in a nearby apartment for about two months.
“An innocent man was walking down the street and brutally attacked by a group of youth,” said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a police spokesman. “He was out for a walk and decided to go through this group and was assaulted and knocked unconscious.”
On Friday, Ramsey County prosecutors charged Issac Maiden, 19, of St. Paul with first-degree assault, first-degree aggravated robbery and crime committed for the benefit of a gang.
Maiden, who was arrested Wednesday, was being held in the Ramsey County Jail with bail set at $150,000. A preliminary court hearing was scheduled for Aug. 23.
Meanwhile, three juvenile males were arrested Friday, authorities said.
Jesse and Al were unavailable for comment.