Suspect in fight pleads guilty

Published 9:19 am Monday, May 24, 2010

A Waseca man who sent another man to the hospital after a fight in Austin in March pleaded guilty to felony assault Friday in Mower County court.

Carlos Deon Gibson, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of felony third-degree assault, as well as to two counts of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.

He awaits sentencing Aug. 20.

According to a police report, the scuffle occurred at around 1:30 a.m. on March 6 in the downtown Plaza Lot. When police responded, several witnesses said they had seen Gibson assault a 30-year-old man.

Police asked another man on-scene, Jesse Roberto Baldeagle, 28, to watch Gibson while they attended to the 30-year-old victim and another 29-year-old male who was injured, according to a criminal complaint.

Gibson started to run, and Baldeagle tackled him. Police then arrested Gibson. Baldeagle also started to scuffle with police and spit at one officer, which led him to be arrested, according to the complaint.

Baldeagle, who was charged with fourth-degree felony assault for attacking a peace officer, later admitted to grabbing and spitting at a cop. He apologized and said he was only trying to help, the complaint states.

Baldeagle entered a provisional not guilty plea to the charge Thursday.

Officers spoke with several other witnesses who were in the Plaza Lot area. One, a 26-year-old woman, said she was in line at the nearby taco stand with the two victims when Gibson began verbally harassing her. When the 30-year-old male victim defended her, Gibson and about four to five others from a nearby car began fighting the group, the complaint states.

Another woman, 25, recorded the fight on tape, which was turned over to police.

The 30-year-old victim suffered several facial lacerations and internal brain bleeding, which was deemed “serious bodily harm,” the complaint states. He was first taken to the Austin Medical Center but later transported to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, where he was treated and released.

Gibson told authorities that the 30-year-old and the 29-year-old had attacked him from behind and that he was only defending himself. However, several witnesses, including Baldeagle, said they saw him punch the 30-year-old victim in the face.