Party-goers accused of burglary plead not guilty

Published 8:43 am Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Four men who were arrested after allegedly kicking in the door of a party they had attended and threatening guests pleaded not guilty to felony burglary charges in Mower County Court Monday.

Dak Chuol Ngut, 21, of Mankato, Domach Chan Chuol, 25, of Austin, Tung Chan Chuol, 21, of St. Cloud, and Ruot Kun Chuol, 28, of Faribault, were all charged with first-degree burglary with possession of a dangerous weapon and first-degree burglary with assault.

The four men were arrested in the 1300 block of 1st Place Southeast in Austin after allegedly becoming unruly at a party. Police Chief Brian Krueger previously said the men were apparently asked to leave the party but, once they were outside of the residence and the door was locked, they allegedly kicked in the door and began physically assaulting a 21-year-old female who was inside.

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Krueger said a knife was displayed and held in a threatening manner towards other party-goers, but it was apparently not used during the altercation.

Ruot Chuol was the only one of the four who was apprehended by K9 Ghost. He had been hiding in a backyard when police arrived.

Ruot Chuol was transported to Austin Medical Center and treated for K9 apprehension on his right forearm.

According to court documents, Domach Chuol hid from police in the basement of the residence and was arrested at gunpoint. A woman at the house identified him as the person who had broken a window at the residence.

Police spoke with party-goers after the incident and found that one man had bite marks on his chest. The man said one of the four men had bitten him.

All of the men, with the exception of Ngut, are set to appear in court for a bail hearing Thursday, Dec. 16.