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FARGO – A 43-year-old man suspected of aggravated assault was arrested after being involved in a Saturday night fight that left two other men unconscious outside the HoDo Restaurant and Lounge, Fargo police said.

Darren Scott Patterson, of St. Paul, was being held at the Cass County Jail without bail, jail staff said. Patterson has not yet been charged.

About 11 p.m., the fight between Patterson and the two men started inside the HoDo at Broadway and First Avenue North, Fargo police Sgt. Mike Sanden said.

Why the men were fighting was unclear. Staff ordered all three to leave the HoDo, and the fight resumed outside, Sanden said.

After hearing scanner traffic about the fight, this Forum reporter stepped outside the newspaper’s downtown building, a block from the HoDo, and saw Patterson strike the two men.

Both men were knocked to the sidewalk. One man’s head hit the pavement with significant force, causing him to bleed.

Officers arrived soon afterward, and Patterson was placed in a squad car. One of the unconscious men came to shortly after police showed up, and he was able to stand on his own.

Both injured men were taken by ambulance to a local hospital, Sanden said. “At this point, the extent of the injuries is unknown,” he said. The sergeant declined to identify the two men.

Patterson is expected to appear in court Tuesday, May 30. North Dakota court records did not list an attorney for him.

In 2010, Patterson faced a felony assault charge in Cass County District Court. In that case, he ended up pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of simple assault, court records show.

So far this year, assaults in downtown are down 50 percent from 2016, the Fargo police said in a Facebook post Sunday, May 28.

“However, we still see a small segment of the population who insist on coming downtown to get drunk and then engage in fighting,” the post stated. “Our officers will continue to take a strong stance against this type of behavior so that the rest of Fargo can safely enjoy downtown.”

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