MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man with a permit to carry a firearm needed to fend off a man who threatened him and his wife with a bat in St. Cloud last week, according to charges filed in Stearns County.

Philip Ryan Keys, 30, faces one felony count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in connection to the Wednesday, Oct. 5 incident.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were dispatched to a Walmart at 3601 2nd Street South in St. Cloud on the report of an assault.

There, two married victims told police that a man – identified by police as Keys — earlier approached them while dragging a bat and asked them if they’ve ever been hit in the head with a bat. Thinking he was kidding, they began walking away toward their car, the complaint said.

The male victim, who works security and has a valid permit to carry a firearm, heard Keys take a deep breath and raise his bat to strike one of them. That’s when he drew his firearm, pointed it at Keys and ordered him to drop the bat. Keys then allegedly dropped the bat and told the male victim to shoot him. He then left the area.

A short time later, officers located Keys, who matched the description the victims gave police. Keys allegedly denied being at the location of the incident and told police that he was at a bar drinking all night. He also said he was suicidal. However, officers obtained surveillance video from Walmart that showed the assault.

If convicted, Keys faces up to seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.

Comments (7)
  1. Mad Chef says:

    Well done sir! That’s how you handle a situation like that.

  2. Concerned about this says:

    But Hillary would have rather these 2 people minding their own business be assaulted and probably killed by this nut job.

  3. m says:

    73-CR-15-9729
    731200003260

    Keys, Philip Ryan
    10/02/1986

    10/26/2015
    Stearns

    Crim/Traf Mandatory
    Under Court Jurisdiction

    Disorderly Conduct-Offensive/Abusive/Noisy/Obscene
    Convicted
    Convicted of a Petty Misdemeanor
    73-CR-15-10653
    731200004514

    Keys, Philip Ryan
    10/02/1986

    11/24/2015
    Stearns

    Crim/Traf Mandatory
    Under Court Jurisdiction

    Trespass-Return to Property Within One Year
    Convicted
    Convicted of a Petty Misdemeanor
    73-CR-16-1915
    730420148406

    Keys, Philip Ryan
    10/02/1986

    02/29/2016
    Stearns

    Crim/Traf Mandatory
    Under Court Jurisdiction

    Disruptive Intoxication (Not applicable – GOC)
    Convicted
    Convicted of a Misdemeanor
    73-VB-16-5351
    730416047388

    Keys, Philip Ryan
    10/02/1986

    05/17/2016
    Stearns

    Crim/Traf Non-Mand
    Under Court Jurisdiction

    Yelling and Shouting
    Convicted
    Convicted of a Petty Misdemeanor

    1. jeff says:

      He sounds like a walking Troll. The internet needs him.

  4. Rob says:

    Didn’t the police confiscate the gun and arrest the permit holder for terroristic threats?

    That’s what the metro police will do.

  5. Mighty Lee DePlorable says:

    You don’t need to “work in security” to carry. If you work at Wal-Mart, drive a cab, are a carpenter, nurse, teacher, gardener, retired, etc… get your permits, get guns, protect yourself, your partner, your kids, your neighbors, don’t be a willing victim of the bad guys out there.

  6. Rick says:

    I’m shocked that the gun didn’t just fill the creep full of lead after he dropped the bat because that is what guns do and therefore need to be banned. At least that is what liberal loonies would have us believe.

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