Man charged with serious assault
A 26-year-old man was expected to appear in court today for allegedly assaulting and causing several facial fractures to another man early Saturday in downtown Austin.
Carlos Deon Gibson, 205 12th Ave. N.W., is charged in Mower District Court with a single felony count of first-degree assault (great bodily harm) and two misdemeanor counts of fifth-degree assault.
Gibson allegedly assaulted a 30-year-old Austin man while they were standing in line about 1:30 a.m. outside of a mobile taco stand in the Plaza lot.
The 30-year-old sustained several facial fractures as well as internal brain bleeding from the assault, according to a criminal complaint.
He was taken by ambulance to Austin Medical Center before being transferred to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, the complaint says. As of Monday, the man had been dismissed from Saint Marys, according to a Mayo Clinic spokesperson.
His 26-year-old girlfriend and 29-year-old Riley James Wadding, both from Austin, also allegedly were assaulted by Gibson during the incident.
Wadding also was arrested and cited for obstructing the legal process for allegedly not following police orders, including to move away from the injured 30-year-old man so they could help him.
Jesse Roberto Baldeagle, 27, of Austin, also was arrested in the incident for allegedly grabbing the front of a deputy's shirt and spitting on another deputy at the scene. Baldeagle, though, initially helped police by tackling Gibson when Gibson tried to run away, the complaint says.
Gibson, Baldeagle and Wadding all were sprayed by officers with a chemical to get them under control, according to the police report.
Several witnesses identified Gibson as the aggressor in the incident, which started after an argument, the complaint says.
Four to five others then pulled up in a vehicle, and some of them started to assault Wadding and the 30-year-old man, the complaint says. The two men were knocked down and kicked in the head and shoulder areas.
A woman showed police a recording of the fight she took with a digital camera. Gibson is seen kicking and hitting several people, the complaint says.
Gibson told police he was defending himself after being attacked and kicked by two guys, the complaint says. Police reported Gibson had slight redness to one of his eyes but no other signs of injury.