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Man allegedly assaults 14-year-old

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man is facing an assault with a dangerous weapon charge after allegedly attacking a 14-year-old boy with brass knuckles.

Gballay Karmo, 21, is charged in Nobles County District Court with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of fifth-degree assault and one count of dangerous weapon possession.

He could be facing up to seven years incarceration.

The complaint states an assault was reported at 11:38 a.m. July 3 on Sixth Avenue. Upon arrival, the Worthington Police officer spoke to the 14-year-old victim, who had a large contusion on his head.

The teenager said he was walking from his house to his garage when a gray car pulled up in the alley and two men got out.

One man came out swinging, the boy said.

He described the assailant as a shorter black male with a beard and wearing a white, sleeveless shirt.

The man approached him and kicked him in the groin twice, the victim said.

When he fell to the ground, the man punched him in the head with brass knuckles.

He didn't know either of the men, he said, but a witness identified the assailant as Karmo.

The witness, who lives in the same household, said he looked out and saw the teen being jumped by Karmo.

He went outside to help, and Karmo took a swing at him, striking him behind the ear.

The witness was able to tell the officer where Karmo lived.

He said he wasn't sure why the man had attacked the teen, but thought it had something to do with girls fighting over clothes.

The officer had spoken to Karmo earlier that evening and noted he was wearing a white, sleeveless shirt.

He attempted to locate the suspect, but was told by Karmo's girlfriend he had gone to Sioux Falls, S.D.

Karmo was located shortly after 5 p.m. July 9 and arrested for the assault.

He allegedly told the officer the incident had happened at McDonald's after he and the officer had spoken.

Karmo stated he was with a friend walking to McDonald's and saw a guy he believed had broken out the back window of his car.

He said when he and his friend left the restaurant, the teen threw something on his friend, and the other man encouraged them to fight.

In trying to stop the fighting, Karmo said he threw a punch at the older man, but then saw police drive by and left.

The two people followed them to his house, he said. He denied having brass knuckles.

The officer spoke again to the victims, who said nothing had happened at McDonald's.

Karmo, who currently owes the courts more than $600 in fines and fees for convictions of driving without insurance and instructional permit violations, was granted a public defender.

Bond was set at $5,000, and he is due back in court next week.