A young man who was nearly beaten to death two months ago says the community’s support has carried him through. Raymond Widstrand, 26, was walking on Payne Avenue in St. Paul east side when he was brutally attacked by a group of people. He suffered protracted loss of brain function, and doctors weren’t sure if he was going to live. Widstrand’s now taking it day-by-day in the hospital, where he reads hundreds of comments from strangers on his CaringBridge site.
A 19-year-old St. Paul man was charged Friday in connection with the brutal beating and robbery of a young man on the city’s east side, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. Issac Maiden was charged with two counts of crime for the benefit of a gang – one on first-degree assault, and one on first-degree aggravated robbery with bodily harm.