19-year-old faces assault, drug charges after beating man with nightstick
A Rochester man made his first court appearance Monday after allegedly assaulting another man with a nightstick. He's also facing two drug charges after Rochester police found marijuana, Butane Hash Oil, "Molly," and other drugs in his home when they responded to the assault.
Logan Everett Whiting, 19, has been charged in Olmsted County District Court with one count each of second-degree assault, fourth-degree drug possession with intent to sell, and fifth-degree possession of not a small amount of marijuana, all felonies.
He's been released in lieu of $20,000 bail without conditions, and is due back in court Feb. 27.
The complaint was filed on July 12, 2016, after Rochester police responded to a northwest Rochester home on a report of an assault. The home belonged to Whiting and another man, Kyle Alexander, 20, according to the complaint filed with Olmsted County District Court.
The victim fell asleep at Alexander and Whiting's home, and was awoken by the two accusing the victim of stealing from them.
Alexander and Whiting were detained and told officers they thought the victim stole a piece of Alexander's property, so they woke him up about 3:30 a.m. by shaking him and slapping him, before kicking him out of the house.
Whiting allegedly struck the victim in the face and the back of the head with a gun while Alexander held the victim down, according to the complaint. Then, Whiting allegedly took a nightstick from the victim and hit him in the head with it.
The victim also claimed that Whiting broke a window on his car, according to the complaint.
The victim went to Mayo Clinic, where he was diagnosed with a laceration above the right eye, a laceration to the back of the head that required staples, a concussion, and multiple other contusions on the body, according to the complaint.
When they responded to the apartment, officers saw a tire iron on a coffee table, two black air soft guns and black brass knuckles on the stairs, according to the complaint. They also noticed drug paraphernalia throughout the house, including glass pipes, bongs, torches, grow tents, a heat lamp, empty pill-style gel capsules and Butane Hash Oil packaging material, which is a concentrated form of THC.
Police secured a search warrant for the apartment, according to the complaint, and during the search of Whiting's bedroom found two containers of Butane Hash Oil, a plastic vial of "Molly," a small bag of "psilocybin mushrooms," bags of marijuana, marijuana seeds, 26 Xanax pills, drug paraphernalia, two digital scales, and a marijuana growing system.
According to the complaint, Whiting told officers he had a significant amount of marijuana wax, 2 grams of mushrooms, "Molly," LSD, marijuana and Xanax.
The search of Alexander's bedroom turned out drug paraphernalia, loose marijuana flakes, marijuana stems, and a marijuana grow tent, according to the complaint.
Alexander failed to appear for his first court appearance Tuesday, Feb. 7, according to the Olmsted County District Court records. He's also charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree drug possession with the intent to sell and fifth-degree drug possession of not a small amount of marijuana, all felonies.