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Man suffers brain bleeds, falls into coma in assault by St. Paul teens, charges say

The assault happened Dec. 30 near a light rail stop in St. Paul.

Two 16-year-old St. Paul boys have been charged with felony first-degree assault for their alleged involvement in a dispute that left a man unconscious and in a coma. 

According to a juvenile petition filed in Ramsey County District Court, officers were called to 640 Jackson Street to report of an assault on Dec. 30. Upon arrival, officers found the victim lying unconscious and bleeding from his ears. 

An investigation and review of Metro Transit security footage – the incident happened near a light rail station – led to the identification two 16 year olds from St. Paul, who were arrested last week. 

One of the teens told police investigators that the man called them the N-word and was taunting them. 

Surveillance video showed Teen A initially trying to separate Teen B from the victim, before Teen B pushed the victim to the ground and then kicked him.

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Police note that the video shows the man get back up at which point Teen A hits him, causing him to fall to the ground. 

The victim was transported to Regions Hospital in critical condition having suffered two brain bleeds and falling into a coma.

As of Jan. 8, the victim was still in a coma and doctors were unsure if he would come out of it, according to the charging documents. 

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