Charges Filed in One of Two Weekend Assaults in Hinckley

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 1:27 pm

SamuelStJohnPine County Sheriff’s Officials arrested a Browerville man for assaulting a man early Sunday morning outside  a Hinckley apartment complex.

Samuel Joseph Richard St. John, 21, faces three charges of attempted simple robbery, third degree assault, and fifth degree assault.

According to the criminal complaint,  the victim was outside the complex smoking a cigarette, when two men wearing orange shirts approached him asking for marijuana.  Police say St. John then came up to the victim and said, “give me all your money” and began punching the man.

One of the men wearing the orange shirt also allegedly assaulted the victim.  His name was not identified in the criminal complaint.

The complaint states St. John hit the victim five or six times in the face and suffered bruises, bleeding from his ears, and a cut lip.

While police were interviewing the victim, St. John came out of the apartment complex and was placed under arrest.

If convicted of all charges, St. John could serve over 15-years in prison.

The Sheriff’s office is investigating, but said they do not believe St. John was involved with another Sunday morning beating in Hinckley that left Dwaine Palmer hospitalized.

Palmer was assaulted around 6:30 a.m, St. John is accused of the beating which took place at 13:25 a.m.


  1. SIckofviolence 12/2/09 at 10:34am

    Maybe just do some interviews at that apartment complex. Seems like that is where they all hang out!
    Bunch of losers & low lifes!!

  2. Sick People 12/2/09 at 2:59pm

    Some of these apartment complexes tend to be a fueling ground for trouble. It’s no surprize, just read the papers in the area. There are plenty of problems that go on at the Dunn Square and Willow Winds apartment complexes. Not sure what the answer is, but if you can’t stand outside and smoke without getting beat up, what can you do? It’s bad enough to have violence all over the United States and other countries and then to have this type of violence in a smaller community? It’s pretty sad, two assaults in the town of Hinckley, not even 6 hours apart!

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