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Worthington man charged with multiple felonies in connection with reported assault

Victim of reported domestic assault lost consciousness twice after police arrived.

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WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man is charged with multiple felonies relating to a reported assault on Aug. 7.

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Makur Akech Gang, 50, faces charges of third-degree assault resulting in substantial bodily harm, domestic assault by strangulation, and threats of violence. He also faces one misdemeanor count of domestic assault for bodily harm, which carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.

Worthington police officers responded to a local residence at approximately 7:17 p.m. Aug. 7, after receiving a report of a domestic assault.

When the first officer arrived at the scene, he observed a male — later identified as Gang — outside, who turned around and ran into the house. The officer followed Gang and was met inside by the victim, who stated that Gang had grabbed her by the neck and threatened to kill her.

The officer located Gang in the basement, laying down. Gang would not stand up and stated he had done nothing wrong.


While the first officer was waiting for backup, a member of the Nobles County Sheriff's Office arrived on the scene and observed the victim collapse on the ground. The victim remained unresponsive for several minutes despite the deputy’s attempts to wake her. When the victim regained consciousness, she immediately held her throat and began crying. She repeated that Gang had choked her.

The victim fainted again while being evaluated by paramedics and was unresponsive while being placed in the ambulance. She was transported to the hospital and later spoke with officers again.

During this time, the victim stated she and Gang fight often about his drinking habits and that Gang was fighting with the kids while she was at work.

When the victim arrived home, Gang reportedly assaulted her by hitting her repeatedly and slapping her in the face. According to the report, Gang then pushed the victim into a chair and proceeded to choke her.

The victim stated she could not speak or cry out and that Gang threatened to kill her.

One of the children told another officer that they were told to go to their rooms when the argument started. The victim stated she was afraid Gang would kill her and do something to the kids.

The victim stated Gang had assaulted her in the past, including pushing her while she was pregnant, which caused her to go to the hospital.

Gang was arrested and transported to the Nobles County Jail, where bail was set, with conditions, at $20,000.


If convicted, Gang faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for both the felony assault and threats of violence charges. The charge for domestic assault by strangulation carries a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment, and a $5,000 fine, or both.

The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help, contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 1-800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org .

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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