Doctors remove St. Paul beating victim from coma, another arrest made


Doctors at Regions Hospital began removing Ray Widstrand from a medically-induced coma Sunday after he was brutally beaten in St. Paul earlier this month, causing his brain to swell, the Pioneer Press reports.

Widstrand, 26, of St. Paul was allegedly attacked by a gang in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood on the evening of Aug. 4.

Police made four arrests after the incident. One of the men, 19-year-old Issac Maiden of St. Paul, was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree aggravated robbery and crime to benefit a gang. Police said Tuesday a fifth suspect was arrested.

According to the criminal complaint, Widstrand was walking near his apartment when he was hit in the head, kicked and stomped on.

Investigators said the group of 30 to 50 young people were members of the East Side Boys gang or their affiliate, Ham Crazy, the Pioneer Press reported. The complaint states Widstrand was an innocent bystander in a fight that broke out among gang members outside a party.

The Pioneer Press says Widstrand may suffer permanent or protracted loss of brain function. He remains in critical condition, according to his CaringBridge site.

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