LUVERNE — A 19-year-old Luverne resident was arrested early Thursday following a report of an assault.
Police were dispatched to a Luverne home just after 3 a.m. Thursday following the report. Upon arrival, officers found the victim in a daze, with a cut above his eye that was swelling shut. He reported feeling dizzy and exhibited other signs of a concussion.
The man explained that his roommate — Brendyn Coyle White, 19, — had been late on his rent. When confronted, White kept putting off payment. The other roommates went on vacation and warned White that the utilities might be shut off in their absence since White had not been paying his rent.
The roommates returned from vacation early Thursday morning. When White wasn't home at around 2 a.m., they locked the doors and went to bed. It's alleged that when White returned home, he broke the window with a rock and attacked the victim in his bedroom. The victim told White he didn't want to fight him, but White allegedly didn't listen.
Police apprehended White and charged him with third-degree assault and third-degree burglary, both of which carry a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. White was also ordered to have no contact with the victim and to stay at least 100 feet away from him.