Why does our society allow these scum sucking bottom feeders to continue their criminality? What will the plea agreement be? Gee whiz, that parole / probation thing didn’t work out so well for the guy with nine fingers, did it?

Suspect in brutal Cloquet assault taken into custody
By News Tribune, Pine Journal Today at 5:09 p.m.

A Cloquet man wanted by authorities for his alleged involvement in a brutal assault earlier this year is now in custody at the Carlton County Jail.

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Patrick Lussier, who turns 29 on Saturday, was arrested by U.S. marshals in the Twin Cities on March 2. A warrant for his arrest had been issued Feb. 11 after he was charged with first-degree assault. At a court hearing Wednesday, Lussier’s bail was set at $200,000.

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 the victim — a 29-year-old Cloquet man — had been 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.

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 more details of the assault and the two alleged perpetrators — Lussier and Craig Andre Askew, 24, of Cloquet — were identified from a photo lineup.

When charges were filed Feb. 11, Askew was in custody in Blue Earth County, Minn., where he faced drug charges. As of Friday, he was being held at the Carlton County Jail on a first-degree assault charge.

Assistant Carlton County Attorney Michael Boese said this week that the assault appears to have been “some sort of internal dispute” among Lussier and his associates, not a random attack.

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 a party there would give him a ride to Duluth.

Lussier was on parole from that charge at the time of the Jan. 16 incident.

Lussier is due back in court March 21; Askew has a court hearing scheduled for next Wednesday.

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