Assault charge for St. Francis man

A 44-year-old St. Francis man is facing two felony charges after a fight with his daughter’s boyfriend.

David Richard Schinagel, 23612 Kanabec St. N.W., was charged in Anoka County District Court Sept. 28 with felony second-degree assault and terroristic threats as well as fifth degree assault, a misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint, St. Francis police were called Sept. 26 to a disturbance in the neighborhood around 8:17 p.m. and arrived to find a group of juveniles on a walking path.

A male teen in the group reported that his girlfriend’s father assaulted him and pointed a shotgun at him, according to the complaint.

The youth alleged that he and Schinagel were engaged in horseplay when Schinagel became upset and began punching him with a closed fist, cutting his lip.

The youth was able to escape Schinagel and ran out of the house, only to return when he hear screaming coming from the house.

When he returned, Schinagel allegedly pointed a shotgun at him.

The youth alleged that he pushed the shotgun away, then pushed Schinagel up against the wall, after which, he fled and called police.

When the police searched Schinagel’s home, they allegedly located several long shotguns above the ceiling tiles in the daughter’s bedroom.

In his post-Miranda statement, Schinagel allegedly admitted to punching the youth several times after the youth said something that really made him mad.

Schinagel alleged that he basically blacked out from his anger, but admitted to pointing a shotgun directly at the youth to scare him.

He claimed the gun was not loaded and he would not have shot the youth, according to Schinagel’s statement.

Schinagel also allegedly admitted to being under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]

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