Two men face charges following assault, chain attackTwo men are facing felony second-degree assault charges after one allegedly battered a victim with a four-foot chain and the other punched the victim.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Two men are facing felony second-degree assault charges after one allegedly battered a victim with a four-foot chain and the other punched the victim.
Gregory Thomas LaCroix, 26, and Calvin James Martineau, 27, were charged in Carlton County Court on Aug. 2 after being arrested for the July 30 incident. LaCroix has also been charged with one felony count of terroristic threats, one gross misdemeanor count of obstructing the legal process and one misdemeanor count of fifth-degree assault. Martineau faces a secondary charge of fifth-degree assault.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the incident, officers from the Cloquet and Fond du Lac police departments responded to a call in the 1500 block of Loop Drive in Cloquet at approximately 11:30 p.m. The victim and a witness reported that the victim had just been attacked by two men he knew, identifying them as LaCroix and Martineau.
The victim stated he and a companion had arrived home with a small child, and after exiting their vehicle LaCroix approached the victim, asking him for a ride. The victim stated he told LaCroix he wanted to get his companion in the house first and that he would give him a ride after that. Before he could do that, however, he said Martineau allegedly approached him from a dark area and attempted to engage him in a fight.
The victim told police that Martineau then pulled out a chain approximately four feet in length and reportedly began to swing it at him, hitting him in the face and back. At that time, the victim said LaCroix also entered into the assault and punched him at least once in the face.
After taking statements from the victim and witness, police located Martineau and LaCroix at their respective homes. The complaint stated that Martineau became combative when law enforcement attempted to arrest him, as did LaCroix, who allegedly attempted to obstruct officers with force by fighting with them.
Both men were subsequently arrested, charged and granted public defenders. LaCroix was slated to appear before Judge Dale Wolf for a settlement conference at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Martineau is scheduled for a settlement conference before Judge Robert Macaulay on Monday, Aug. 26.