Former Vikings player charged with assault

A 24-year-old former Minnesota Vikings player was charged Aug. 2 by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office for allegedly assaulting another man at a birthday party in Oak Grove on April 28.

Caleb Darnell King of Lilburn, Ga., was charged with felony third-degree assault and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. His first court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 11.

According to the criminal complaint, a 911 call was placed around 3:20 a.m. April 28. The 911 dispatcher could hear a commotion during the call, but had no direct communication with them. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office tracked the origin of the call to an Oak Grove home in the 3400 block of 192nd Lane and responded.

The female homeowner at the address police responded to denied having any problems at the residence.

However, Mercy Hospital notified police just four hours later around 7:30 a.m. that they needed to meet with the victim of an assault.

The male had suffered a skull fracture and nasal fractures and received 19 sutures to repair lacerations to the bridge of his nose and mouth. There were also abrasions over his face from the hairline down to his upper lip. according to the complaint.

The injured man alleged that King assaulted him. He said he was sitting in the passenger’s seat of a friend’s car waiting for his ride when King approached him and accused him of calling him names earlier in the evening. King allegedly punched the man in the face.

The victim said he allegedly attempted to lock the doors and call 911 from his cell phone. He said King ran around to the driver’s side of the car and was able to open it and pull him out by the neck. He could not recall the details of the assault, but told police he was bleeding heavily from his face when he came to. He showed police his cell phone, which had a call into 911 at 3:20 a.m. that lasted almost four minutes.

According to the complaint, King told police in a post-Miranda statement that he confronted this man outside the Oak Grove home, but denied punching him.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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