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Worthington man accused of striking beer bottle over man’s head


WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man arrested Sunday after allegedly assaulting a man in an alleyway while impaired now faces criminal charges in Nobles County District Court.

Ezequiel F. Lopez-Lopez, 25, is charged with felony second-degree assault; fourth-degree damage to property, a misdemeanor; open bottle law, a misdemeanor; and two counts of DWI, gross misdemeanors. A felony second-degree assault conviction — the most serious offense — is punishable by a maximum of seven years imprisonment, a $14,000 fine or both.

According to the criminal complaint, Worthington police officers responded to the 800 block of 10th Street in Worthington for a report of property damage.

Upon arrival, officers witnessed several individuals in an alleyway. One of the individuals claimed Lopez-Lopez parked his vehicle, “got out, punched him, hit him with the beer bottle and broke his vehicular window with the beer bottle.”

Officers observed a laceration above the alleged victim’s eye and blood on his clothes.

Upon contact with Lopez-Lopez, the officer witnessed a number of behaviors he believed consistent with being under the influence of alcohol, the complaint details.

Preliminary breath test results indicate Lopez-Lopez’s blood alcohol content was .197 shortly after the incident.

In a post-arrest interview, Lopez-Lopez admitted to assaulting the victim, citing personal reasons to law enforcement.

Lopez-Lopez’s bail was set at $20,000 with conditions of $40,000 without. His initial appearance is scheduled June 26 in Nobles County District Court.

Alyssa Sobotka

Alyssa joined The Globe in July 2017 and covers education and crime beats. The Nebraska native earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In her own sarcastic tone, her blog, Aimlessly Navigating, recounts the reality, pitfalls and triumphs of a young 20-something navigating to maturity. Follow her on Twitter: @alyssasobotka