Bigelow man charged with felony assault
BIGELOW -- A Bigelow man accused of hitting a friend with a tire iron in April is now facing felony assault charges, which were filed Friday afternoon in Nobles County District Court.
Scott Thomas Nasers, 20, is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and third-degree assault, both felonies. He faces a maximum combined sentence of 15 years incarceration and/or up to $30,000 in fines.
The incident took place shortly before 1 a.m. on April 26. The Nobles County Sheriff's Office, Worthington Ambulance and Bigelow Rescue Squad were dispatched to Nasers' residence in Bigelow in response to a report of a man with a serious head wound.
According to the criminal complaint, when authorities arrived on the scene the victim had already been taken to the emergency room by a friend. A woman in the house claimed to be Nasers' girlfriend, and allegedly said he had hit he victim on the head with a crowbar. Her brother later told a deputy he believed a tire iron was used in the alleged assault.
The girlfriend said she did not know why Nasers had hit the victim, and allegedly refused to say anything more. Her brother also said he didn't know why Nasers had hit the man, but informed officers that Nasers left is his pickup after the incident.
Attempts to locate the weapon or Nasers immediately were unsuccessful.
At the emergency room, a deputy spoke to the victim and medical staff. A laceration shaped like a half-moon was noted, and the deputy saw that the injury went down to the skull. A doctor reported that the victim was to be moved to a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The victim said he had gone to Nasers' home around 10 p.m. April 25, leaving for a short time and returning around 11:15 p.m. He said there were several people in the living room where he was joking around with Nasers' girlfriend. While sitting on a couch, he saw Nasers nearby, then noted his friend had gotten up, left the room and returned.
The victim said Nasers said something along the lines of "Don't talk to my girlfriend like that," and the next thing he knew, he was in a car and bleeding. He did not recall seeing anything in Nasers' hand, but he reported Nasers had been drinking heavily and was also on medication.
They had been friends for a long time, he stated, and had never gotten into an argument.
A woman in the emergency room waiting area said she had been in the room when the incident occurred. She did not hear an argument, but said she heard Nasers say something to the victim regarding his girlfriend, then saw Nasers hit the victim on the head once with a tire iron.
Later that day, Nasers' mother said she went to pick up her son and bring him to the law enforcement center, but instead brought him to a mental health unit, where he was admitted. She allegedly said he had been having problems and had recently been experiencing blackouts.
Nasers' truck was later found in his driveway. It had a large dent on the passenger side and what looked like a piece of fence was wrapped around the bottom of the truck, the complaint states.
In July, a deputy spoke with Nasers about the incident. He allegedly said he couldn't remember what had occurred because he had blacked out. He reported he had started drinking around noon April 25, and had 10 cases of beer and some hard alcohol. He allegedly told the deputy he had been drinking as fast as he could and drank a lot.
Nasers said he didn't remember the assault incident, but did remember driving his pickup on Interstate 90. He stated he later woke up in Milford, Iowa, next to a hog building, and there was fence caught up under his truck.
Medical records regarding the victim's injuries state the man had suffered a depressed fracture of the left frontal bone, with approximately 6 millimeters of depression. Surgical staples were reportedly used to close the wound, and the radiologist's report stated the findings "describe an abnormality for which follow up is needed."
Medical reports from the Sioux Falls hospital stated the victim lost consciousness for 30 to 40 minutes, and that surgery was conducted April 26.