CROSBY — A 36-year-old Aitkin man faces felony charges for allegedly striking another man with what appeared to be a large socket wrench at a residence in Crosby.
Scott Edward Heyer was charged Jan. 6 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with four felonies — first-degree assault with a dangerous non-firearm weapon, first-degree burglary with a dangerous weapon, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon to cause substantial bodily harm and fifth-degree drug possession.
According to the probable cause court document, Crosby police officers were dispatched at 4:27 a.m. Jan. 3 to a report of two men fighting at a residence in northeast Crosby. While en route, police learned Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Ambulance responded to the residence for a man hit with a “pipe,” which was later observed to be a large socket wrench.
The officer arrived and located Heyer sitting in an SUV. The officer handcuffed Heyer and told him he was being detained but was not under arrest. The officer then went into the residence and saw a victim sitting on the ground with his arms out in front of him. He was bleeding from multiple lacerations to his face and head. The victim stated he believed he had a concussion and was unable to get his legs underneath him.
The victim was lying in bed and woken up by Heyer striking him with a “pipe,” he told police. He fought Heyer out of the bedroom and into the living room before Heyer fled from the residence. The victim stated he accidentally left the front door unlocked when he returned home from work and Heyer was not welcome in the residence and was not invited there.
The victim was transported to the CRMC emergency department for treatment of the lacerations, a possible fractured skull and brain bleed.
A witness who was with the victim stated they went to bed and she awoke to the victim screaming and observed Heyer attacking him. Officers secured the weapon, located in Heyer’s vehicle, which appeared to be a large socket wrench. Dried blood and possible flesh appeared to still be on the item.
Because Heyer's vehicle would be parked in violation of Crosby's winter parking ordinance, the vehicle was towed and police conducted an inventory, the complaint stated. In the process of conducting the inventory, police located multiple glass pipes and smoking apparatuses containing methamphetamine.
Heyer filed an application for a public defender and the judge set unconditional bail at $30,000 or $10,000 with conditions to include no contact with the victim, no ability to leave the state without written consent and no possession of firearms, dangerous weapon, alcohol or drugs. Heyer posted bail Jan. 7 and was released from custody, according to court records.
His next court hearing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3.