Charges Filed, Bail Set in Park Point Assault

Updated: January 09, 2019 06:33 PM

Charges have been filed against the man who allegedly broke into a home in Duluth's Park Point neighborhood and assaulted a 70-year-old man last Wednesday. Darrel Mayhew was charged with assault in the first degree, aggravated robbery in the first degree and burglary in the first degree Wednesday morning.

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At his first court appearance, he was denied supervised release and bail was set at $750,000.

According to the criminal complaint, on January 2nd, officers were responded to an unknown trouble call which later changed to a burglary at a home on the 800 block of South Lake Avenue in Park Point.

Two officers found a victim holding a towel over his face dripping with blood. He said two unknown males walked through his unlocked front door and hit him over the head with some type of blunt object.

The complaint says the victim told officers a blanket was then thrown over his head before one of the males he described as a black man demanded money. The victim told Mayhew he did not have any money or change other than what was in his pocket. Mayhew took $2.00 in change out of the victim's pocket and his cellphone. A Samsung tablet was later discovered missing from his residence.

The victim was taken to the hospital and rushed into surgery. He remains in a coma.

In a search of the neighborhood the following day, investigators found an imprint on the window next door, as well as a white glove with blood on it several doors down from the victim's home. The glove matched the imprint on the victim's window.

According to the complaint, a neighbor reported an African-American male approached his door around the same time of the assault asking for money and pain killers. In a review of video cameras from the neighbor and attached to the Aerial Lift Bridge, Mayhew was seen later that night in Canal Park and then the DECC skywalk carrying a red or orange bag and electronic item, which appeared to be a tablet

After speaking with a witness who saw Mayhew that night and knew him, investigators were able to get a search warrant for his home. When investigators made contact with Mayhew, he was wearing boots consistent with those seen in the video camera footage. That search also revealed a white hat consistent with that in footage and a Samsung tablet in his apartment.

At Wednesday's hearing, Assistant St. Louis County Attorney, Rebekka Stumme called the incident an "utterly senseless, random act" and called Mayhew a public safety risk before a judge denied him supervised release.

His next court appearance is scheduled for January 29th at 8:30 a.m.

A Gofundme has been made for the victim's medical expenses. 

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