4 Juveniles, 1 Adult Charged in Severe Beating of St. Paul Man
Issac Oneal Maiden
Photo: Ramsey County Attorney's Office
Four juveniles and one 19-year-old have been charged after a 26-year-old St. Paul man was nearly beaten to death, according to authorities.
According to his Caring Bridge site Ray Widstrand is in stable but critical condition. Police say he was jumped last Sunday night by a group of about 40 to 50 people on the East Side of St. Paul.
According to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, Cindarion De'Angelo Butler was charged with two counts of committing a crime for the benefit of a gang and a count each of first-degree assault and first-degree aggravated robbery. Two 15-year-olds received the same charges. Their names have not been released. Details on the fourth juvenile's charges have not been released.
Nineteen-year-old Issac Oneal Maiden, of St. Paul, was also charged in Ramsey County District Court with four felonies, including two counts of committing a crime for the benefit of a gang and a count each of first-degree assault and first-degree aggravated robbery.
The criminal complaint can be found here.
The fight started around 11:40 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, in the area of Payne and Reaney Avenues, according to the complaint. A man hailed down an officer, who was driving in the area, to report a large fight happening nearby.
At the scene, the officer saw about 40-50 juveniles and young adults, the charges said. They began running as the squad approached.
Police found Widstrand on the ground, lying on his back with his pants off and his shirt torn, according to the complaint. His nose and mouth were bleeding. He was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Witnesses told police that the group was attending a party on Preble Street near Minnehaha Avenue when a group of girls started fighting. The fight was taken outside.
Young men, who are believed to be affiliated with the 'East Side Boyz' and 'Ham Crazy' gangs then began beating a white man, who was walking in the area, witnesses told police, according to the complaint. The group stripped Widstrand of his pants and robbed him.
Police later showed a witness a cell phone picture taken that night of a man believed to be involved in the fight. Those witnesses identified the man as Maiden.
Maiden, who was arrested, told police that he was at the party that night, but left when someone used mace against him during the fight. He denied assaulting the man.
Police also are investigating several suspects' shoes for evidence in the case.