Search Warrant Application Provides Details on What Authorities Believe Happened in Douglas County Assault

May 15, 2018 06:52 PM

A search warrant application filed in Douglas County provides new details on what authorities believe occurred outside a bar on May 5 that left a rural Alexandria man hospitalized.

Steven William Hlinsky, 46, died Sunday at his residence - two days after he had been released from the hospital to which he had been airlifted after sustaining injuries following a reported assault outside the Muddy Foot Bar in Forada.


RELATED: Family, Friends Remember Forada Firefighter who Died after Apparent Assault

According to the warrant application, which was filed before Hlinsky's death and seeks access to access cellphone records, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department received a report of a male lying on the sidewalk outside the bar bleeding from the nose and ears.

The man, identified as Hlinsky, a longtime firefighter and a father of two children, was transported to Douglas County Hospital and later airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital. 

Authorities say he had suffered a detached retina, bleeding on the inside and outside of his brain, a fractured orbital socket, a broken nose, a temple fracture and a skull fracture near his forehead area.

RELATED: Man Injured in Apparent Bar Assault in Douglas County Dies Week Later

The warrant application claims surveillance footage from inside the bar and from a camera across the street, as well as witness statements, allowed authorities to identify several people.

That includes four men authorities say came to the bar together and were all outside the bar at the time of the reported assault.

Surveillance footage is alleged to show Hlinsky escorting one of the men out of the bar. Witnesses reportedly alleged that individual had been smoking marijuana inside the bar and blew smoke on Hlinsky.

According to the application, surveillance video shows Hlinsky escorting the individual to the main door. When the door opens, that individual is allegedly seen putting Hlinsky into a headlock while another of the four men reportedly grabs his arm. The door then reportedly closes. Within seconds, another bar patron, whom the application identifies as a friend of Hlinsky, is seen exiting the bar with a bartender.

When they open the main door, another of the four individuals allegedly can be seen backing away from the area in which the assault is believed to have occurred.

The individual alleged to have grabbed Hlinsky's arm is reportedly seen opening the door and telling the bartender to call 911.

The application states surveillance footage from across the street allegedly shows one of the individuals running to his pickup truck and taking off at a high rate of speed. Two of the other individuals are also reportedly seen getting into a car and taking off at a high rate of speed.

According to the application, authorities were unable to interview Hlinsky because of his medical status. But the bartender told law enforcement the four men came to the bar together.

And it maintains authorities believe the four had the ability to communicate with one another via cell phone, which is why cell phone records are being sought.



Frank Rajkowski

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