A fight that started at a Lewiston apartment building ended with one man in the hospital in serious condition and another in the Winona County Jail.
Jacob Michael Loveless, 32, of Houston, was charged with second-degree assault after he allegedly hit a 26-year-old man with his car near Lewiston-Altura Elementary School on Wednesday, July 23, at 12:21 p.m. Deputies responded to the scene and the victim was transported to Winona Health and subsequently transferred to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis. According to Winona County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude, the altercation between the two men started about seven blocks away at an apartment building. There were four men involved in a series of incidents.
A witness in the apartment building reported hearing a disturbance and then seeing two men, later identified as Loveless and a 22-year-old male, coming out of a nearby apartment, with the 22-year-old male bleeding from the face. The witness then saw two other men come out of the same apartment, one of whom had what appeared to be a closet clothing rod in his hand. According to the report, Loveless got into a vehicle outside of the apartment building as the two other men exited the building. Loveless then accelerated the vehicle, leaving behind the 22-year-old male, who appeared to have been assaulted, and pursued the two other men, who took off running. In the pursuit of the two men Loveless allegedly drove over a curb, into someone’s yard and eventually hit one of the men from behind. The 26-year-old victim got up and started running again until he collapsed near the elementary school.
Initially, Loveless was referred to the Winona County Attorney’s office for charges of first-degree assault, attempted third-degree murder and criminal vehicular operation. He was charged with second-degree assault.
Ganrude also reported that the frame of a crossbow was found at the scene of the incident.
Deputies are still investigating the incident.