Charges: Woman hit with rod, others punched and kicked in Mankato park brawl


One woman took out a rod and hit another with it, a man got punched in the face and knocked to the ground, and a woman ended up with a bloody ear – all at a public park, according to authorities.

Two people have been charged in the brawl that happened Sunday afternoon at Mankato's Land of Memories Park:

Alexis Flores, a 20-year-old from Sleepy Eye, is charged with third- and firth-degree assault, plus third-degree riot.

58-year-old San Juana Garcias, of Montgomery, is charged with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon (for hitting someone with a large rod, according to the complaint), fifth-degree assault, and third-degree riot.

And more is coming.

Mike Hanson, the Blue Earth Assistant County Attorney, told BringMeTheNews he's looking at charges for six other people involved, and hopes to get them filed later this week or early next week.

So what happened?

According to the charges:

Police got to Land of Memories Park, where soccer games were being held, at around 4:40 p.m. to see a large group of people leaving, some of them with injuries.

Witnesses then began pointing out people involved in a large brawl.

One witness said Garcia went to her car, brought out a rod-like object, and started hitting people – starting what turned into a "brawl." A woman there showed police bruises on her back, and said Garcia hit her. Garcia admitted to police she struck the woman three times.

A male victim with a "severely swollen" left eye and broken nose told police he was punched by Flores, then knocked to the ground and kicked by others. Flores though denied to police he punched or hit anyone, and said he was only pushing and pulling people out of a "pile" that was surrounding his brother.

Those are the suspects that have been charged.

In addition to that, the charges say:

The brother of the man punched by Flores stepped in to help – but was hit by another male suspect (identified as Flores' brother) and suffered a broken nose.

In addition, a woman with a bloody ear told officers another woman had bit her. She pointed out who did it, and police stopped that suspect from leaving in a car. The suspect in the car admitted to fighting with the woman with the bloodied ear – but only because the woman had been hitting the suspect's son.

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