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Five charged in DL parking lot assault

Several people have been charged in Becker County District Court in connection with a man who was "jumped" and badly beaten in a Detroit Lakes parking lot at about 3:30 a.m. on March 9.

Those charged are: Wyatt Robert Nelson, 24, of rural Vergas; Shane Ray Lague Jr., 23, of Astoria, Ore.; Brittany Violet Anderson, 20, of Detroit Lakes; Jason Jesse Miller, 34, of Frazee; and Molly Joy Krengel, 20 of Detroit Lakes. The victim's name was not disclosed in the complaint.

All five alleged assailants have been charged with felony first-degree robbery and felony third-degree assault.

According to court records, the victim said his girlfriend, Krengel, asked him to meet her at the parking lot. While the two spoke, a vehicle driven by Miller pulled up and Anderson, Nelson and Lague got out. Lague allegedly approached the victim and hit him, starting a fight.

As the two were fighting, Nelson allegedly joined in, punching the victim in the jaw a half-dozen times.

As the victim was being assaulted by Nelson and Lague, Anderson and Krengel allegedly joined the fight, with Anderson kicking the victim in the mouth and head multiple times.

Krengel allegedly threw a full unopened can of beer at the victim as he lay on the ground, and kicked him. Krengel was allegedly yelling "take his phone, take his phone." The victim eventually got to his feet and Lague allegedly punched him one last time before they all left, taking his cell phone and cigarettes.

The victim walked to a nearby house, called 911, and was taken to the emergency room for treatment. He was "severely injured," according to the complaint, with a large bulge on his forehead, a bloody mouth and red marks across his face.

Following the assault, Krengel allegedly sent a text message to the victim reading: "Whatever happens to u, u got what u deserved." She allegedly admitted having the victim come to the parking lot knowing he would be beaten up.

Nelson appeared in court April 1 before District Judge Peter Irvine, who set cash bail at $1,500 or bond at $15,000, with conditions, or bond at $30,000 without standard conditions of release.

Lague appeared March 26 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who set cash bail at $1,000 or bond at $20,000, with conditions, or bond at $40,000 without standard conditions of release.

Anderson and Krengel both had cash bail set at $500 or bond at $10,000, with conditions, or bond at $30,000 without standard conditions of release.

Miller had bail or bond set at $10,000, with or without conditions.

Omnibus hearings were set for May 6