Lake Elmo man charged with 2nd-degree assault

A 29-year-old Lake Elmo man made his first appearance in Washington County Court April 24 with the charge of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to the criminal complaint, Washington County sheriff deputies and other law enforcement agencies were dispatched to the 9200 block of 31st Street North, Lake Elmo around 12:05 a.m. April 21 on a report of a fight in progress.

When deputies arrived they met a 28-year old man who had sustained injuries to his arm and head. An officer in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office called for an ambulance to respond to assist with the vicitm’s injuries.

According to the criminal complaint, during the investigation law enforcement personnel learned that earlier that evening the victim and a woman had arrived at the residence to drop off a vehicle for Scott David Hardy. Hardy lived at that residence. When they pulled up, the woman’s estranged husband came out of trailer where Hardy lived and began to punch the victim stating “that’s what you get for messing with a married woman.”

According to the criminal complaint, Hardy then grabbed a bat out of the vehicle that the victim had arrived in and began to beat the victim with multiple blows to the head and body.

The woman was able to get the bat away from Hardy and chase him away. When law enforcement arrived, Hardy had left the scene.

According to the criminal complaint, Hardy has a criminal history involving violent crimes including first-degree assault causing great bodily harm.

If found guilty of second-degree assault, Hardy could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a fine of $20,000.