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Broken chair leads to multiple criminal charges

A 20-year-old man is due back in court next week after allegedly assaulting a teenager who broke a chair in his home.

Dequan Ladarius Thompson, of Rochester, faces one count each of felony terroristic threats; obstructing the legal process, a gross misdemeanor; fifth-degree assault; and giving a peace officer a false name, both misdemeanors.

He's been released on his own recognizance and is to make his initial appearance Thursday in Olmsted County District Court.

Officers were called at about 10:30 p.m. Feb. 12 to 851 21st Ave. SE, where the assault reportedly occurred.

There, they learned a 17-year-old came to Thompson's apartment with some friends to hang out, said Lt. Casey Moilanen. The teen sat on a chair, which broke, the report says; everyone else was laughing, but Thompson became angry.


Thompson allegedly hit the teen in the face with a liquor bottle, punched him, then went into the kitchen to retrieve a knife, Moilanen said. The teenager took that opportunity to leave the apartment and call police.

Thompson also left, the report says. When he returned, officers were called back to the residence and found him trying to hide under a bed in a bedroom. He was "highly uncooperative, belligerent and argumentative the entire time," the complaint says, but eventually he was taken to the floor by officers and carried to a squad car. Thompson reportedly twice gave a false name, including at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.

The victim suffered facial injuries, but it's unclear if he sought medical treatment.

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