Retired cop trying to stop assault attacked by 'cowardly punks' in St. Paul

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection to the assaults.

Multiple assaults and robberies that took place in St. Paul last week included the assault of a former Twin Cities police director. 

According to St. Paul police, police responded to the reports of violence around 7:10 p.m. in the Como neighborhood., with the police report saying "multiple males and females assaulted and robbed three people." 

Bob Jacobson, who served as a police officer, a lieutenant, a detective, the police chief, and director of public safety in New Brighton for 33 years, posted to Facebook detailing how his plans for a date night with his wife were interrupted by violent behavior. 

"As we were preparing to leave, we could hear a disturbance coming from the area in front of our neighbor’s home," Jacobson wrote, saying they ran outside to find a chaotic scene and ongoing assaults.

"As we later learned, a young couple had responded to our neighbor’s offer for a free couch. That couple was randomly and brutally assaulted in daylight in an area easily visible from the roadway. They were victimized by what I can only describe as a 'pack' of about eight young men and women who were walking by on Energy Park Drive who demanded their phone and money."

Jacobson intervened, though the young men involved in the assault still allegedly kicked a victim in the head. Then, the 60-year-old retired cop became a victim. 

"After several minutes of attempting to get some control I felt a sharp pain on the side of my head, went to my knees and then the ground as a wooden piece of furniture fell beside me," said Jacobson. 

"I was stunned, could not regain my thoughts for the moment, and did not see which of these cowardly punks took me down from behind. The group eventually left leaving behind two innocent victims who only wanted a free couch, and an old cop."

Jacobson and the other victim, who was left bloodied, were taken to Regions Hospital for treatment. 

Police Sgt. Mike Ernster says four teens have been arrested in connection to the criminal behavior, including 14- and 16-year-old girls and boys, ages 15 and 17, respectively.

You can read Jacobson's full Facebook post here. 

Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the police's version of events, and may be subject to change.

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