Publish date:

Man charged for throwing punch outside President Trump rally

The victim was reportedly leaving Target Center when he was attacked.
A picture of the protests outside the Target Center (suspect is not pictured).

A picture of the protests outside the Target Center (suspect is not pictured).

A Richfield man has been charged for punching a man outside President Donald Trump's Target Center rally.

Dwight Pierre Lewis, 31, is facing a single count of 3rd-degree assault for the alleged attack in downtown Minneapolis on Oct. 10.

According to a criminal complaint, the victim told police he was outside the arena following the Trump rally when he was punched in the mouth.

He required several stitches at the hospital as a result of the punch.

Lewis was identified by police who used a video posted online by a news outlet.

He then turned himself in on Monday, and admitted to police he was the person who threw the punch.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

The Star Tribune reports that the 22-year-old victim was leaving the rally when he was accosted by a shirtless man.

While the Trump rally passed mostly peacefully, there were instances after it ended where protesters verbally abused supporters leaving the arena, burned MAGA hats and got into confrontations with police and Trump fans.

There was also an instance where a Trump supporter in a vehicle pulled out a gun and pointed it at protesters who blocked his path.

Next Up

boating minnesota lake

Minnesota has experienced its deadliest boating season since 2005

Minnesota has seen 17 boating-related deaths so far this year.

Drew Doughty

Kirill Kaprizov makes Kings’ Doughty eat his words

The Kings defenseman isn't a fan of the Wild star's new deal.

Quinn Olson / UMD Hockey

Watch: UMD's Olson goes between-the-legs to set up highlight goal

Another Saturday. Another highlight for a Minnesota college hockey team.

Gopher Hockey

Watch: No-call lifts Gophers to OT victory over St. Cloud State

A blatant hook marred a top-four battle in St. Cloud.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Driver killed after crashing into parked semi-trailer

The crash occurred on the 5800 block of University Avenue Northeast.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings-Panthers: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings will look to open things up in Carolina.

Tanner Morgan/Gopher Football

Morgan's resurgence, Nebraska's miscues help Gophers hold on

The Gophers quarterback threw a pair of touchdowns in a 30-23 victory.

Tina Smith

Sen. Tina Smith warns Dems she may not vote for budget bill if climate plan dropped

This comes amid a White House effort to get its "Build Back Better" plan passed.



The latest as Minneapolis prepares for President Trump's rally

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets around Target Center.

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 7.01.24 AM

City of Minneapolis reveals final cost of President Trump's rally

Mayor Jacob Frey says they're trying to get reimbursed by the Trump campaign.

Duane Waldriff

Man cited for alleged assault of journalist covering President Trump's Duluth rally

He's accused of hitting a WCCO photojournalist's phone out of his hand as he recorded a confrontation between the suspect and Joe Biden supporters.

President Donald Trump

President Trump to return to Minnesota for rally next week

The "Make America Great Again" event happens Wed., Sept. 30.

President Trump to hold campaign rally at Target Center next month

It'll be the president's first rally in Minneapolis.

Man, 21, charged over brutal attack outside Minnesota State Fair

The victim was left brain damaged and requires near constant care.

emily larson duluth mayor

Duluth mayor responds to Trump caravan that blocked street outside her home

“This was simply another example to an attempt to utilize power to control a woman who, in their estimation, stepped out of line," she said.