Charges: Facebook feud prompts woman to beat stranger with mini baseball bat


An argument between two strangers on Facebook prompted a St. Paul woman to beat another woman with a mini baseball bat, Ramsey County officials say.

Bridget Olson, 31, was charged with second-degree felony assault after the Sept. 4 attack, according to a Ramsey County jail booking report. Police say she hit the other woman in the face and head about 10 times with a mini baseball bat and slammed the victim's head onto the street.

According to a criminal complaint:

The women began arguing on Facebook and the victim suggested they meet to resolve the disagreement. The complaint doesn't say what the Facebook feud was about.

Olson suggested meeting at White Bear and Ivy avenues in St. Paul. When the victim arrived, Olson was already standing in the street holding a mini baseball bat. The woman told Olson to put the bat away so they could "handle this like women."

Olson then reached inside the victim's car and hit her four or five times in the face and head with the bat, then pulled her from the car. The victim knocked the bat from Olson's hands and the two began to wrestle and roll around, before Olson straddled her and punched her in the face repeatedly.

After about a minute, Olson got up, grabbed the bat and hit the woman another four or five times in the face and head while shy was lying on the street, before getting in her mini van and driving away.

The victim followed Olson in her own car. In an attempt to stop her, she admits to tapping the bumper of Olson's van with her car.

The woman continued to follow Olson until they both stopped when they saw a police car, the Star Tribune reports. The officer noticed the woman was bleeding heavily, her face covered in blood, KARE 11 notes.

If convicted, Olson faces up to seven years in prison, according to Minnesota statutes.

The victim was not identified.

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