Charles James Howard, a 23-year-old Shakopee man, was charged in Scott County District Court last week with second-degree assault after allegedly attacking a victim with a toilet tank cover in a room at the Shakopee Inn on June 4.

According to the charging documents:

At 7:38 p.m. officers responded to reports of assault at the Shakopee Inn, 511 Marschall Road. Upon arrival, they found the victim, who was covered in blood with a laceration on top of his head. The officers were unable to determine the extent of the victim’s injuries “due to the amount of blood covering his face, head and neck.”

The victim repeatedly told officers Howard tried to kill him and said he and Howard were drinking together at the hotel before the attack. The victim said all of a sudden, Howard took a “table” and smashed it over his head, and also tried to stab him in the face with the glass.

When officers entered the room in which the alleged assault occurred, they found Howard, who was slumped on the floor against a wall. The floor and walls were covered in blood, according to the complaint. Officers found a toilet tank cover that had been broken in two. One of the pieces had blood on it and was in the bathtub.

Initially, Howard was not responsive and did not appear to have significant injuries. Officers administered Narcan, and when Howard became combative, he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Howard was later taken into custody and is being held at the Scott County Jail.

The maximum sentence for Howard’s charge is seven years in prison, a $14,000 fine, or both.

Maddie DeBilzan graduated with a journalism degree from Bethel University. She’s interned at Salon Media and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Outside of work, she sifts through Goodwill clothing racks, listens to Ben Rector's music and goes on long runs.

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