Ray Widstrand

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – St. Paul police have recently arrested four juveniles in connection to a brutal beating last week that put a 26-year-old man in the hospital with serious injuries.

Two 15-year-olds and Cindarion De’Angelo Butler, 16, have been charged with two counts of crime for the benefit of a gang – assault and aggravated robbery – in the beating of Raymond Widstrand on Aug. 4. Aside from the gang-related charges, the three have also been charged with first-degree assault and first-degree aggravated robbery.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case against the fourth juvenile.

On the night of Aug. 4, St. Paul Police officers found Widstrand lying on Payne Avenue with blood was coming from his nose and mouth. Witnesses said that members of the “East Side Boys” gang attacked Widstrand when he walked by a fight taking place between some women.

As of Aug. 8, the prognosis of recovery for Widstrand is slight, police said. Should he live, he will suffer permanent and protracted loss of brain function.

Last Friday, police arrested 19-year-old Issac Maiden in connection to the beating. He was also charged with two counts of crime for the benefit of a gang, as well as first-degree assault, and first-degree aggravated robbery.

The attorney’s office did not name the 15-year-olds because the law prohibits doing so.

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