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Rochester man injured trying to help assault victim

A dispute in a grocery store parking lot has resulted in a Good Samaritan being injured, and the suspect facing assault charges.

The incident began about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday outside the Hy-Vee store at 500 Crossroads Drive, where a 20-year-old man from Rochester was seen arguing with an 18-year-old Rochester woman. According to the report, several people intervened as the man dragged the woman to a vehicle in the lot.

A 39-year-old woman from Chatfield, a 46-year-old woman from Rochester and a 76-year-old Rochester man all went to help the woman. The 76-year-old man tried to stop the suspect from driving away, said Capt. John Sherwin, and was punched in the face and knocked to the ground.

The man was treated at a local hospital for hip and knee pain, a cut on the hand and injuries associated with the punch, Sherwin said.

The 20-year-old ran from the scene, the report says, but was later contacted and cited for fifth-degree assault.


The 18-year-old woman was uncooperative with officers, Sherwin said, but was uninjured.

The Post-Bulletin typically doesn't identify suspects until they've been formally charged.

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