Victim of St. Paul Brutal Beating is Slowly Recovering
Issac Oneal Maiden, 19, of St. Paul
Photo: Ramsey County Sheriff's Office
Five people have been charged in the severe beating of a man last month in St. Paul.
Ray Widstrand, 27, was jumped around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, by a group of about 40 to 50 people in the area of Preble Street and Minnehaha Avenue, according to police.
Police found Widstrand on the ground, bleeding at the scene.
Widstrand, of St. Paul, remained hospitalized as of Saturday, Sept. 7.
Widstrand has begun speaking again and eating soft foods, according to his CaringBridge website. An update on his condition Wednesday was not immediately available.
The investigation has led to charges against an adult and four juveniles, said Dennis Gerhardstein, spokesman for the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.
All of the suspects face identical charges. The charges are committing assault for the benefit of a gang, committing aggravated robbery for the benefit of a gang, first-degree assault and first-degree aggravated robbery.
Issac O'Neal Maiden, 19, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Cindarion De'Angelo Butler, 16, is scheduled for an adult certification hearing Oct. 15.
Three 15-year-old juveniles also were charged. According to state law, the juveniles are not being identified by the courts. One juvenile is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, a second is scheduled for an Oct. 3 hearing and the third is scheduled for an Oct. 24 hearing. All of the appearances will be adult certification hearings for the juveniles.
Fundraiser for Ray Widstrand
A benefit for Widstrand will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Goodrich Golf Dome, 1815 Van Dyke St. in Maplewood. A $20 donation will include a mini golf tournament, prizes, raffles, food and a silent auction. All the money raised will go directly to Ray's Fund. Donations of goods and services for the silent auction are welcome.
Call Candy Peterson at 651-249-1981 for more information.