Same man suspected in two assaults
By Janice Gregorson
Assault charges have been filed against a Rochester man accused of punching one man and hitting another with a beer bottle.
The two incidents occurred two weeks apart, but authorities say the assailant is the same man — Brian James Stankey, 22, 1434 Oak Court S.E.
Stankey is charged with one count of third-degree assault resulting in substantial bodily harm for allegedly breaking the nose of a 26-year-old man on March 14. He is charged with second-degree assault with a beer bottle for allegedly hitting a 23-year-old man in the face on March 30. A summons has been issued for him to appear July 20 in Olmsted District Court.
The first victim and a witness reported the incident to police March 16, saying they had been at a residence in northwest Rochester on March 14. The victim said he went to his friend’s basement and was introduced to Stankey. He said when he told Stankey he reminded him of someone he knew, Stankey punched him in the face, breaking his nose and knocking him down. Witnesses told police they saw Stankey hit the victim.
The victim said Stankey told him to not say anything to police or he would "hunt him down," the complaint said.
On March 30, police went to a southeast Rochester location, where a 23-year-old man told them Stankey hit him in the face with a beer bottle in the back seat of a car. The victim said he had been to a couple of bars and was just riding home when the assault occurred. He said he had just met Stankey.
The complaint said Stankey didn’t say anything to the man before hitting him. The victim said Stankey apologized, saying he didn’t know why he did it. He told the victim that if he pressed charges, Stankey and his family would "come after him," the complaint said.
A witness who knows Stankey told police that Stankey has angry outbursts for no reason and that she’s seen other such incidents.