3 arrested after Hawley assault leaves man with life-threatening injuries

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HAWLEY, Minn. — Three are in jail after a fight at a Hawley residence Thursday night, April 2, sent a man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers learned of the fight after receiving a call about a suspicious man ringing doorbells and knocking on doors in a Hawley neighborhood about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Hawley Police Chief Joseph Backlund.

Police identified the man knocking on doors as a 50-year-old with no permanent address who had been involved in a fight at a nearby residence that left a 52-year-old man with serious, life-threatening injuries. Backlund said a weapon was used in the assault but did not specify what kind.

After the initial fight, the 50-year-old man was involved in a separate altercation with a 40-year-old Bemidji woman who left the scene in a vehicle, Backlund said. When she later returned, she was arrested on suspicion of DWI and assault.

The 50-year-old was brought by ambulance to a Fargo hospital for his injuries and booked into the Clay County Jail on suspicion of assault, according to police.


On Friday morning, the 55-year-old Hawley resident whose home the alleged assaults took place at was arrested for an unspecified Minnesota Department of Corrections violation, police said.

Backlund said the four involved in the incident knew each other and it's not believed there's any threat to the public. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been called to investigate the crime scene.

Formal charges are expected on Monday in Clay County District Court.

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