ST. PAUL (Aug. 9, 2013) — The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office has charged Issac Maiden in connection with the brutal beating and robbery of a young man on St. Paul’s East Side.
Maiden, 19, of St. Paul, was charged last Friday in Ramsey District with two counts of Crime for the Benefit of a Gang – one with Assault in the First Degree and one with Aggravated Robbery in the First Degree with bodily harm. He is also charged with one count each of Assault in the First Degree and Aggravated Robbery in the First Degree.
Maiden is being held on $150,000 bail.
“This was a shocking and senseless attack on an innocent young man who was simply out for a walk in his own neighborhood and is now fighting for his life,” said Ramey County Attorney John Choi. “We will vigorously prosecute those who stand accused of this disturbing act of gang violence in our community.”
According to the complaint, on Aug. 4, 2013 around 11:30 p.m., a man alerted St. Paul police to a large fight in the vicinity of Payne and Minnehaha Avenues. Upon arrival, the responding officers observed 40-50 juveniles and young adults fleeing the scene and a man on the ground with blood coming from his nose and mouth.
Emergency responders transported the victim to Regions hospital where he was found to have severe and potentially fatal brain swelling.
Witnesses attending a party in the area described a fight between a group of girls and a larger group gathering to watch. The victim walked into the melee where one juvenile knocked him to the group. Others joined in the assault, kicking and stomping on the victim, eventually taking his pants from him.
Many of the participants in the beating are believed to be members of the East Side Boyz or the “Ham Crazy” gang whose members “affiliate with the East Side Boyz and are commonly found associating at gang parties”. Along with multiple witness accounts,
Maiden was identified from a still shot taken from a camera in the area.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The maximum sentence for some of the charges is 25 years or $30,000 fine or both.