A 50-year-old self-proclaimed supporter of Donald Trump is accused of swinging a golf club at an elderly couple with an anti-Trump political sign at a White Bear Lake intersection.
Mark Ulsaker, of Lino Lakes, is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, threats of violence and fourth-degree assault on a peace officer in connection to the incident and his subsequent arrest.
He was arrested on Sunday afternoon and booked into jail, Ramsey County jail records show.
According to the criminal complaint, a wife and husband were standing with a group on the corner of Highway 96 and Centerville Road in White Bear Lake around 3 p.m. Sunday when a man, later identified as Ulsaker, pulled up next to them in his pickup truck and shouted an expletive at them.
The woman, 78, said she and her husband, 80, were sitting on the corner next to their homemade political sign when he swore at them, charges state.
The complaint does not detail what was on the sign or what the group of people was doing at the intersection.
The Star Tribune spoke to Robert Bongard, who lives nearby, and who said the sign was a large piece of plywood with the message "Trumpers thank God in greyhound he is gone." Bongard told the paper the couple "routinely go to that corner" and bring signs with various political messages on them.
Ulsaker then parked in a nearby lot and walked up to them from behind and started swinging a golf club at their heads, and when the golf club broke, Ulsaker punched the man in the head, the complaint states.
Ulsaker then fled to his vehicle parked in a nearby parking lot while the woman followed. As she approached the truck, he drove the truck toward her, hopping a curb before fleeing, charges say.
A witness provided police with Ulsaker's license plate number, which led officers to his home.
Ulsaker resisted arrest, throwing a punch at an officer who blocked him, injuring his right thumb, charges say. Ulsaker complied when the officer "pulled his Taser," and he was taken into custody.
In an interview with police, Ulsaker said he's a "Trump supporter" and got mad when he saw the couple's sign, the complaint reads. He admitted to "flipping them off," kicking over their sign and swinging a golf club at them, noting it hit the woman's chair, which is likely when the golf club broke, and then pushed her chair over while she was sitting in it.
That's when the man "came after him," so he punched him in the head, the complaint says. He also admitted to driving his truck at the woman, but he did so to scare her – he didn't intend to run her over.
Police recovered the broken golf club at the scene, charges add.
Ulsaker made his first court appearance Tuesday morning, the Pioneer Press says. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 23.
The incident happened a day after The Associated Press called the 2020 presidential election for Biden and several days after Election Day. Biden's victory prompted celebrations in cities across Minnesota and the country, while Trump supporters protested the victory, including outside the Governor's Mansion in St. Paul, where they demanded a recount, calling it a "stolen election."
In the days since, President Trump has refused to concede to Biden, filing lawsuits and claiming the results of the election are fraudulent. This is despite election officials across the country reporting no evidence of fraud and Trump's campaign failing to provide evidence of the president's claims.