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Suspect in 'stomping' assault found, charged

A 40-year-old man accused of assaulting an acquaintance, breaking the victim's ankle and cutting his face, has been found and charged.

Phillip Glen Smith, who is homeless in Rochester, was arrested at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday at 2117 Campus Drive SE, said Capt. John Sherwin of the Rochester Police Department.

Smith was charged Wednesday in Olmsted County District Court with third-degree assault and stalking, both felonies, and gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. He remains in custody in lieu of $15,000 conditional bail, and is due back in court Aug. 19.

The investigation began at 8:49 a.m. Monday, when police were called to the parking lot at Wells Fargo Bank, 21 First St. SW, for a report of an assault.

There, they found the 53-year-old victim, who told them he'd just seen Smith at the corner of First Avenue Southeast and East Center Street. The two got into a dispute over some property, the report says, and Smith punched the victim repeatedly.


The assault knocked the victim to the ground; Smith then stomped on the man, said Capt. John Sherwin. The victim was able to get away and "hobbled" about a block to get help.

He was taken to a local hospital, where he received stitches for a cut above his eye. His ankle was also broken in two places, Sherwin said.

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