Man who pleaded guilty to beating fails to appear for his sentencing

Published 9:30 am Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Twenty-year-old Kim James Gatlauk, who pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in connection to the beating of a 25-year-old man earlier this summer, failed to appear for his sentencing Monday in Freeborn County District Court.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Gatlauk, of Austin, is one of two men who reportedly beat resident Kang Chol Tang unconscious in July by kicking him in the face and threatening him with a loaded handgun on Southeast Marshall Street, according to court files. Tang was later airlifted to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester with serious head and possible spine injuries.

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Co-defendant Gilo Otor Gilo, 18, of Austin, faces charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, possessing a firearm not identified by a serial number, and carrying or possessing a pistol without a permit.

A witness told authorities Gatlauk reportedly kicked the victim in the face, while Gilo pulled a gun from the waistband of his shorts and pointed the gun.

Another witness told police they reportedly saw Gatlauk hit the victim with his fists and observed Gilo pull out a gun and point it at the people who were present, reports state.

In a seperate incident in September, Gilo was arrested in Austin for allegedly attacking a woman with a bottle. He faces two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm in that case.