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Red Wing man accused of punching jailer

RED WING — A 39-year-old man will make his first appearance Friday after authorities say he assaulted a jailer.

Salvatore Thomas Stella, of Red Wing, has been charged with fourth-degree assault of a correctional employee, a felony.

The charge stems from an incident the morning of Sept. 24 at the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center, when staff members notified law enforcement that a detention deputy had been assaulted.

The victim had two lumps above his eye that appeared to be turning black and blue, the officer noted.

In his statement to police, the deputy said he was picking up breakfast service trays in the segregation unit, where Stella was housed. The door to his cell was cracked open, the complaint says, and as the deputy entered the unit, Stella kicked it open.


Stella allegedly began to walk toward the deputy with his arms outstretched, court documents say, telling the officer he wanted to kiss him. The jailer said he told Stella to go back into his cell, but Stella refused to stop, and continued to walk toward the officer.

When the jailer grabbed Stella by the arms and tried to move him back into the cell, the reports say, the two began to fight. Stella allegedly punched the deputy in the head with a closed fist; the victim then put Stella on the ground and gained control.

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