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Worthington man accused of attempted assault with knife at local hotel

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man was arrested Sunday after allegedly attempting to attack a man with a knife at a Worthington hotel. Somsak Phommasy, 43, is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon after allegedly acting bellige...

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WORTHINGTON - A Worthington man was arrested Sunday after allegedly attempting to attack a man with a knife at a Worthington hotel.

Somsak Phommasy, 43, is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon after allegedly acting belligerent and drawing a knife at a guest at the Red Carpet Inn. The felony-level offense is punishable up to seven years imprisonment, a $14,000 fine or both.

According to the criminal complaint, upon arrival of the first-on-scene Worthington police officer,  multiple people were yelling and screaming on the second-floor balcony of the Dover Street hotel. The officer also observed a man holding Phommasy, who witnesses claimed was coming at them with a knife.

Phommasy was arrested; a preliminary breath test indicated he had a blood alcohol content of .211. He was transported to the Sanford Worthington Medical Center emergency room for treatment of a bleeding elbow, which he later told law enforcement occured accidentally at his residence behind the Red Carpet Inn.

The complaint states the victim and witnesses consistently corroborated that after an initial stint of pounding on doors and yelling to fight a man, Phommasy returned with a knife and the alleged victim defended himself with a chair.

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A knife, which witnesses say was thrown into the hotel parking lot by Phommasy, was secured as evidence. Phommasy told law enforcement the act was to show the victim he didn’t want to fight.

Phommasy’s bail was set at $7,500 with conditions or $20,000 without. His initial appearance is scheduled July 30 in Nobles County District Court.

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