Police busy downtown during weekend
By Dan Nienaber
The Free Press
MANKATO — Whether it was the warm weather, a little too much alcohol or, possibly, a combination of both, Mankato police officers working downtown were busy this weekend.
At about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Mankato Place security guards arrived to help after a 37-year-old North Mankato man got into scuffle with employees at Buffalo Wild Wings. When the man pushed one of the security officers, the other officer pulled his pepper canister and sprayed it twice. He hit his partner with the first shot and the suspect with the second shot.
The suspect was later arrested by police in the outside mall area near Blue Bricks bar.
Around the same time, officers used shocking devices to break up a fight outside the Savoy and Red Sky Lounge establishments. Five men were arrested after officers arrived to find them fighting. There were two groups of friends involved, one accusing the other of throwing a sucker punch to start it all. A sixth man was taken to the hospital because he was very intoxicated.
Prior to those incidents, officers were called to Blue Bricks after a customer there did some damage. The man was confronted by a bouncer after he pulled a $5 frame and picture from a wall, stuffed it under his jacket and attempted to leave the bar. A fight started during the confrontation and the man pushed a computer, used for taking food and drink orders from customers, on to the ground. The $12,000 machine was badly damaged and a felony charge is being requested.
Early Saturday morning is when a 22-year-old Eagan man decided to do his version of a “Dukes of Hazard” display on Cherry Street, Mankato police Cmdr. Amy Vokal said. A police officer had parked her squad car on Cherry Street at about 2:45 a.m. when the man decided to run up to her car, jump into the air and slide on his butt across the squad’s hood. He ran away after falling to the ground on the other side of the car, but his cell phone had fallen out of his pocket. He was tracked down and arrested.
It was during the afternoon hours Friday when a 75-year-old New Ulm man allegedly started following a car, with two females in front, as it drove along Third Avenue. The women reported the man was waiving what looked like a $100 bill. When they made it to the Hubbard parking lot, off Riverfront Drive in Old Town, the man continued to follow and allegedly told them he was looking for sex. The women got his license plate number and the man turned himself in after an officer called him.