By Reg Chapman

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man is fighting for his life following an attack near the Minnesota State Fair.

Someone knocked 48-year-old Mike Donnelly unconscious after he left the fairgrounds on Friday night.

The attack happened near Albert Street and Breda Avenue in St. Paul.

St. Paul police investigators say the Donnelly’s injuries are so severe they have not been able to speak with him about the incident.

What they do know is Donnelly was beaten and stomped, and they are trying to figure out who did it and why.

About eight blocks from the Snelling Avenue entrance to the State Fair, near an intersection where people park and walk to the fairgrounds, neighbors gathered to discuss the violence that invaded their community over the weekend.

According to St. Paul police, it was shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday when they were called to an alley near Albert Street and Breda Avenue on reports of a unconscious man who had been assaulted.

They arrived to find Donnelly lying in the alley. He was then rushed to Regions Hospital.

The victim’s brother told the Pioneer Press he offered Michael and a friend a ride home from the fair, but they said they would stay a little later and catch an Uber home.

The brother says Donnelly was on the phone as he walked trying to set up his ride home, when people gathered at a house began yelling at him.

Donnelly kept walking, only to have someone come up from behind and hit him with something.

When he was on the ground, it’s believe someone stomped on his head.

Regions Hospital has Donnelly listed in critical condition.

Investigators are looking for anyone who may have witnessed the attack. If you have any information, call St. Paul police.

Reg Chapman

Comments (6)
  1. pelermon says:

    $1000 I can narrow it down by more than 3/4..

  2. Who the reporters are tells you a lot about the story.

  3. John Smith says:

    Clearly sons of 0bama are the perps.

  4. Keith Gruber says:

    Cops are investigating. Nobody at the house in question saw anything? If a “guest at my house did something like that, the cops would not have any problem identifying him. He would be the one that was being detained by me.

  5. Of the top 10 most viewed stories, this is the only story where I see comments. Why I ask? Are so few reading these stories or should I think differently?

  6. Kristine Williams-Anderson says:

    Mike Donnelly is a good friend of ours and my Husband and him have known each other since Jr High. Please send prayers he is an amazing guy who would help anyone. To the cowards that did this you will be caught you are clearly horrible people.