More shitbags doing what shitbags do. Why can we not rid our society of scum? Ask the guy that keeps pumping out plea agreements…your elected minion in the county attorney’s office.

They damn sure don’t come here for the weather.

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One man arrested, one wanted after brutal assault in Cloquet
By Jana Peterson Today at 5:55 p.m.

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Two Cloquet men face assault charges for allegedly beating up a man and cutting off one of his fingers last month. One of the men is in custody, while the other is “still on the lam,” according to Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler.

Craig Andre Askew, 24, was charged with first-degree assault during an appearance in Sixth District Court in Carlton on Tuesday. Patrick Charles Lussier, 28, is wanted by police for the same charges. Lussier also is known as Michael Carl Campbell, Allen Lussier and Pat Lussier.

According to the criminal complaint:

Just after midnight Jan. 16, Cloquet police officers responded to an apartment on the 400 block of Arch Street regarding a serious assault that had occurred at that location. When officers responded to the apartment they were advised that a 29-year-old Cloquet man had been badly assaulted by two individuals. The victim sustained serious head injuries as well as bad cuts to his hand and one of his fingers had been cut off. Medical personnel were summoned and attended to the victim.

According to the criminal complaint, the two men had restrained the victim in a chair and cut off his finger.

Neither the victim nor other people who were present would tell officers who had assaulted the victim because they were afraid to provide information to law enforcement in the belief that the individuals would take retribution against them as well, the criminal complaint noted.

As the investigation proceeded, Cloquet police uncovered some details of the assault and the two alleged perpetrators of the assault were identified from a photo lineup.

As a result of the investigation, warrants were issued for Askew and Lussier on Feb. 11. At that time Askew was in custody in Blue Earth County, Minn., where he faces drug charges. Lussier is still at large and wanted.

Pertler said he argued for and got substantial bail — $50,000 — for Askew in court Tuesday because of the risk to public safety.

“This was a very serious assault and there will be substantial prison time if he is convicted,” Pertler said, adding that the victim is still recovering from his injuries. “There are also the first-degree drug charges in Blue Earth. There’s a presumptive commit (to prison) in both cases, for lengthy terms.”

Askew’s next court appearance is set for Wednesday at the Carlton County Courthouse.

Pertler said law enforcement officials suspect the incident was gang-related, but said he does not have the evidence to add that to the charges yet.

“One of the primary suspects has a close association with gangs; we are looking at that angle,” Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek said, adding that it appears the case was drug-related.

Both men have criminal records, although Lussier’s is more extensive, according to Minnesota records.

In the past in Carlton County, Lussier was convicted of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats in May 2012 and was sentenced to 36 months in prison.

In that case, Lussier admitted to shooting a gun into the air at a residence on the 1700 block of Blue Spruce Drive west of Cloquet on Nov. 11, 2012, because he was upset that no one at the party would give him a ride to Duluth.

Lussier was on parole from that charge at the time of the Jan. 16 incident. Stracek said if anyone knows where Lussier is, they should call 911 and avoid confrontation because he is considered dangerous.

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