3 men arrested, tied to crowbar assault

Published 10:42 am Thursday, August 8, 2013

Three men were arrested Wednesday night for allegedly assaulting two other men with a crowbar on Frank Avenue in Albert Lea.

One of the victims was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea by ambulance for his injuries, and the other victim did not sustain any injuries, according to an Albert Lea Police Department news release.

The three men arrested were:

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• Nyuon Joak, 19, for second-degree assault.

• Both James Dak, 22, for fifth-degree assault and aiding and abetting second-degree assault.

• Lul Chak, 21, for fifth-degree assault and aiding and abetting second-degree assault and theft.

It is unclear if the two victims knew their alleged assailants.

Police stated they were dispatched to the 800 block of Frank Avenue at 7:49 p.m. after receiving a report of the assault.

When they arrived, they found the victims in the area of Fifth Street and St. Joseph Avenue. Both were able to give clothing descriptions of the men who allegedly attacked them.

Police received a report of a man matching the description of one of the suspects who had stolen a child’s bike from a yard in the 400 block of East Fifth Street during his attempt to flee.

A short time later, an officer found Joak walking south on the 1500 block of Edina Avenue. He reportedly denied being involved in the assault but was later identified by a witness as being the suspect who used a crowbar during the assault.

During Joak’s arrest, police received a report of a suspicious man who walked into Dairy Queen on South Broadway. There they arrested Dak, who was also identified by a witness as allegedly participating in the assault.

At 8:41 p.m., police received a tip that a man matching the description of the third suspect had just left a bicycle behind a building and entered a house on Edina Avenue. The bicycle matched the one stolen from Fifth Street.

There, Chak was arrested.

The men are being held in the Freeborn County jail pending a court appearance.