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Brainerd man gets felony assault-related charge in alleged beating

A 20-year-old Brainerd man faces assault charges following an assault near the Central Lakes College Brainerd campus early Friday morning. Jordan D. Pederson was charged Monday with a misdemeanor count of domestic assault and a felony count of ai...

A 20-year-old Brainerd man faces assault charges following an assault near the Central Lakes College Brainerd campus early Friday morning.

Jordan D. Pederson was charged Monday with a misdemeanor count of domestic assault and a felony count of aiding and abetting assault in the third degree.

In a criminal complaint filed in Crow Wing County District Court, authorities alleged Pederson assaulted a male victim as well as Pederson’s mother.

Police were dispatched at about 2:05 a.m on June 19 to the 500 block of East College Drive, and the victim reported he had earlier been assaulted by two people. While officers were traveling to the call, they were told by dispatchers that one of the suspects was starting a fire outside the apartment complex. The alleged assault occurred in the 700 block of Brian Lane.

When police met with the victim, they noticed he “had an extensive amount of blood running down his face onto the ground,” the complaint stated. After he was transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, the victim later reported having a broken eye socket, a broken nose, a tooth injury and other abrasions and bruises.

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The victim was able to identify only one of the assailants but gave police the phone number of that person’s mother. The mother said she was aware “her kids” had assaulted the victim, one of whom she identified as Pederson.

She said she climbed on top of the victim to try to shield him from her sons, but they hit her in the head, on the left arm and several times in the midsection, the complaint said. Officers observed bruising on her arms.

A juvenile was also arrested in the incident on suspicion of arson and felony third-degree assault. His complaint was not publicly released due to his status as a minor.

If convicted on both counts, Pederson faces a sentence of five years, 90 days in jail as well as a $11,000 fine.

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