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Brainerd man faces robbery and assault charges

A 51-year-old rural Brainerd man faces criminal charges for allegedly attacking a man with a baseball bat or crowbar and stealing his bicycle. Lance L. Rubink was charged Sept. 19 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with three felonies...

Lance L. Rubink
Lance L. Rubink

A 51-year-old rural Brainerd man faces criminal charges for allegedly attacking a man with a baseball bat or crowbar and stealing his bicycle.

Lance L. Rubink was charged Sept. 19 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with three felonies-first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and third-degree assault to cause substantial bodily harm and gross misdemeanor theft.

Judge Earl E. Maus set bail at $10,000 with conditions to include he must stay a reasonable distance away from the victim's residence, cannot leave the state and make all court appearances. Rubink posted bail Sept. 20 and is no longer in custody. His next court appearance is Oct. 1.

According to the statement of probable cause document filed in court against Rubink, Brainerd officers were called at 11:50 p.m. on Sept. 16 to the area of Essentia Health-Brainerd Clinic, 2024 S. Sixth St. The victim reported he was "jumped" and was possibly struck with a baseball bat at a storage unit on Hillcrest Drive.

The victim stated he came out of the service door with his bike and saw some lights to the left of him as he was putting his bike on a kickstand and turning around to lock the door. As he locked the door, he saw a person swinging a bat at him. The victim stated he was able to get his arm up to block the strike, but the weapon struck him on the wrist. He turned away from the hit, sheltering his wrist, at which point, he was struck in the back. The victim fled the scene running northeast towards the Essentia Health clinic.

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Police were advised by Crow Wing County dispatch of a witness near Hillcrest Drive who saw three vehicles, one which was pulling a flatbed trailer and leaving the area. The witness observed some men grabbing bikes and was able to give the plate of one of the vehicles which was pulling a flatbed trailer. The vehicle was registered to Rubink.

Police officers made contact with another witness, who stated shortly before police arrived in the area she was sitting in her car on her phone when she observed a man wearing a green shirt, believed to be the victim, run in a northeasterly direction from Hillcrest Drive directly in front of her vehicle. She then observed another man, described as an "older male" wearing a black shirt and blue jeans and who was bald running after the victim with what she believed to be a weapon of some sort, possibly a red crowbar. The witness stated a short time later, the bald man with the crowbar was walking back toward Hillcrest Drive, and they had a brief conversation making sure everything was alright. The witness reported shortly after the bald man returned to the Hillcrest Drive building, several vehicles left including a black Honda Element.

Law enforcement officers went to Rubink's residence and observed the victim's bicycle inside the attached garage. Police had verbal contact with Rubink while knocking on the door to the residence and Rubnik was hostile and refused to come to the door, the complaint stated.

A search warrant was granted and executed at the residence and Rubink was taken into custody. Officers located two red crow bars and clothes matching the description given by the witness. They also located the bicycle.

Police advised Rubink they would speak to him at the jail and Rubink told an officer he wouldn't speak without his lawyer. While en route to the jail, Rubink made comments that the victim "ratted" him out. He also said when he gets out, the victim would continue to have to make calls to the police and may not be able to because he may be missing a tongue, the complaint stated.

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