Ray Widstrand, St. Paul gang beating victim, still hospitalized, unconscious

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Isaac Maiden (right) and three juveniles have been arrested in connection with Widstrand's (left) beating.
:::: UPDATE :::: Teen who allegedly stomped Widstrand's face during mob beating ID'd thanks to bloody shoes

More than a week after he was brutally beaten by a mob of teenagers in St. Paul's East Side, 26-year-old Ray Widstrand still isn't out of the woods.

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Around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, Widstrand was taking a walk near his apartment when he came across a group of 30 to 40 teens brawling near the intersection of Payne and Minnehaha avenues. Some of the teens redirected their aggression from each other to Widstrand. A witness said he was knocked to the ground after being hit by a can in a sock, then stomped. At one point his pants were removed and the attackers rummaged through his pockets. Widstrand was ultimately found lying on the ground, bleeding from his mouth and nose.

In a Pioneer Press report, St. Paul PD spokesman Paul Paulos is quoted as saying, "An innocent man was walking down the street and brutally attacked by a group of youth... He was out for a walk and decided to go through this group and was assaulted and knocked unconscious."

Authorities believe many of the melee's participants are associated with East Side Boys gang or affiliated groups. The fight apparently began outside a nearby house party.

Last week, police, with the aid of a photograph taken during the fight, arrested 19-year-old Isaac Maiden and three juveniles in connection with the incident. Maiden has been charged with first-degree assault, first-degree aggravated robbery, and crime committed for the benefit of a gang. Authorities say more arrests are likely.

Meanwhile, Widstrand, a master control operator for a public access channel in White Bear Lake, remains in the hospital. He had two brain surgeries last week to relieve swelling, and now doctors are trying to wean him off sedatives. It's remains unclear to what extent he'll be able to recover from his injuries.

"We ask that everyone keep Ray in your thoughts during the next few days while the sedatives leave Ray's system," an update posted to Widstrand's CaringBridge page this morning says. "Ray will have a very quiet next two days as his body heals."

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InequalityForever
InequalityForever

They were just trying to help him out by forcibly dismantling his White Privilege and beating his sickening oppressive Whiteness almost to death.

Jeff Kolb
Jeff Kolb

hope he makes it through this. punishment should fit the crime now those pieces of trash can get their brains beat in totally ok with that

JRColton
JRColton

Why isn't this being pursued as a racial hate crime?

eddyhaskl
eddyhaskl

The problem is that there is no debate to be had. i have been robbed at gun point twice and knife once. Every time it was a black male. If I am walking down the street i am sure to encounter at least one black male per block who seeks to challenge me verbally or physically. They are entirely worthless and mentally undeveloped.


eddyhaskl
eddyhaskl

The problem is that there is no debate to be had. i have been robbed at gun point twice and knife once. Every time it was a black male. If I am walking down the street i am sure to encounter at least one black male per block who seeks to challenge me. They are entirely worthless and mentally undeveloped

Terri Ristow
Terri Ristow

***Payne/Phalen Meeting to Address Community Safety*** In response to the Ray Widstrand assault and the July 11 fatal shooting of Vincent Allison, 17, during a large street brawl on Payne Avenue, the Payne Phalen District Five Planning Council announced a public meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church, 1115 Greenbrier St., St. Paul, to respond to community concern about gang violence in the neighborhood. Representatives from the police and the county attorney's office are expected to be there. http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/stpaul-paynephalen/messages/post/47aJMIdxhN5DO61Gl0KR3k

Joelle Purvis Allen
Joelle Purvis Allen

We all will win when we stop making this about race and make it about RIGHT vs. WRONG! It is unacceptable for for this 26 year old young man - no matter what his color - to be attacked. It is equally unacceptable for an unarmed 17 year old of any color to be shot to death. In all such cases, we expect a proper investigation, for justice to be served and for the one responsible to be punished. I hope that the police department in this case will not make the same grievous errors that were made in the Travon Martin case. Start pressing for justice WHENEVER and wherever there is an injustice and we will be reading these types of stories far less frequently. I am praying for this young man and his family.

Aaron Erickson
Aaron Erickson

Hopefully the court doesn't charge them as "youths".

jo1glex
jo1glex

This poor guy Widstrand must have been from a farm or something.  Because nobody who has spent any kind of time living in a city would get within a block of " a group of 30 to 40 teens brawling."  It's just not possible to get within a block of that action without seeing it and staying the hell away.

M. Bahadur Khan
M. Bahadur Khan

thanks for the kuddos, but I aint no expert...lol :-).

M. Bahadur Khan
M. Bahadur Khan

would love to get together man! and of course, my response is based on a generalization; I agree, economic conditions is just one small consideration for the many factors that play into how people are treated within our borders.

Jesssinader
Jesssinader

*Widstrand. The name is wrong throughout the entire article.

Leon Whiteman-Cariveau
Leon Whiteman-Cariveau

Great response. Subjective yet accurate from that perspective. I just want a world, or even a neighborhood where everyone, is treated without bias or malice. I want everyone to understand that the ruling elite only see one color(gold) and that whenever they utilize our old human tribalistic instinct to stir up the rabble, it's mainly to divert attention from the real injustices that are occurring under our very noses. This isn't a forum on which to discuss many of the things that I would like to. So My Old and DEAR friend, please call and lets have a day for the families or something. Enjoying good food and even better company is my idea of a lil slice of heaven here on earth :) Til Then Bro!

M. Bahadur Khan
M. Bahadur Khan

Hi Leon, good to hear from you bro. I would contend that recent media coverage being some sort of double-standard is wholly exaggerated. One of the definitions of double-standard is "a set of principles that allows greater freedom to one person or group than to another"; unfortunately, this has never been the case here in the United States for minorities; if anything, the majority have enjoyed this privilege and from a historical perspective, once the settlers' population surpassed that of the our native brethren, then you know what followed, but I digress - on to the main topic; sure, there are some affirmative action accommodations, specifically for minorities that have historically experienced oppression in the US, but this is only to offset the many forms of Racism that still exists within our borders... Bias by a majority race to promote, select, or favor one's own kind is a natural response that is deeply seeded in the human psyche; however, the level of discrimination experienced by African Americans and certain minority groups has been both passive, direct, overt,covert and unrelenting.. the recent incident related to Trevon Martin has only gotten national attention because Trevon's case and the follow up interview of the Jurors clearly demonstrates how subtle and truly prevalent racism and discrimination is in the US. It would be very cool get together bro.

Leon Whiteman-Cariveau
Leon Whiteman-Cariveau

I don't agree with the uproar. However, I understand it. What is happening is blow back from what has become a glaring double standard in this nation. There has been a politically guided/manipulated and enhanced attention on "Racism" this past year. Many white's are feeling resentful that what was in fact a brown guy(george z) who ruthlessly killed a browner guy(travon M) and somehow it was blamed on whites. This was further reiterated by our president( who by the way happens to have the same amount of caucasian in him that GZ has) by jumping on this most poorly cherry picked case in order to divert the public eye from his real failings and scandals. Well to get to the point. Most of us aren't racist nor do we like ANYONE being hated on the basis of color. But there is a growing level of frustration because whats happening doesn't seem to be a reflection of equality but rather a reversal of racism and a whole ton of unrealistic allegations and blatant shakedowns. MM. Bahadur Khan, I would actually love to spend an afternoon with you old friend to share/discuss this topic as I am sure I could learn a great deal from you and get tremendous insight as well.

Danette Allrich
Danette Allrich

unfortunately this 'party house' is one of many that you will find in the lower east side of St Paul (my neighborhood, which I love, but wish the landlords didn't bring people to my neighborhood just for the rental income). When you have a block or two of rental home after rental home, with landlords who don't care or pay attention to the upkeep, they tend to attract people who also don't care or pay attention. So it is more than just a large group of violent youths or roaming gangs of young adults- the problem is much greater than that. I am heartbroken for Ray WIndstrand and as a resident who LOVES where I live, I agree something really does need to change. Quickly.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

how do 40 people fight in the middle of the street and the saint paul police not be there? and it was very close to the police station..SPPD is kind of a joke. Were they scared too/ Prayers for this man and his family and may those animals all go to prison and hell

M. Bahadur Khan
M. Bahadur Khan

for all those folks that are in uproar about the term "African American" not being used; my only advice to you is to do some introspection and perhaps rise above some of your xenophobic rage; a few unbiased history books and current statistics on racially motivated crimes may help. This was a very tragic crime and the misguided criminals are a product of a lack of education and perhaps low economics circumstances; the streets need to be taken back... but what can be done about the color-blind intellectual, moral and spiritual degradation of our society?

Kathleen Mostrom Lehman
Kathleen Mostrom Lehman

Outrageous & shameful - Both the actions taken by a mob of hoodlums who seem more fit for jail than walking the streets, and those who in some way are blaming the victim.

laxx1559
laxx1559

Wait, so he decided to walk THROUGH a brawl of 30-40 people around midnight and thought nothing of it?

Josh Knode
Josh Knode

I love how its "youth" when its a group of african americans

Matthew Hegge
Matthew Hegge

It's a crime, plain and simple, and senseless.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

Is the national media going to jump on this story?  Is Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton going to speak out against this senseless act?  Is the President of the U.S.A. going to offer his opinion?  Where are the celebrities?  Are people going to take to the streets and demand justice?  Are the fools who did this going to be charged with a hate crime?

Tom Fru
Tom Fru

The good people of Saint Paul's east side should take their streets back. A march or public protest to the violence at the least.

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

Too bad he didn't have a pistol. Ten to fifteen people would have wised up quick from the first clip, and the others would have wised up as he switched out to the second clip...

bluumax
bluumax

@JRColton Because he is fucking white! Yes, really. Yes it is fucked up, but would rather them offend some poor Bad-ass, sack a shit gagstaniggah mothah fuckah!
Just think what that might do to his self esteem and self confidence.
That's not a fucking smart-ass joke, It's what they use in court.
I lived in Seattle for 46 yrs, this non-racist shit happens all the time.
I moved to AZ last fall :- )

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Joelle Purvis Allen Except when that 'unarmed' 17 year old is acting like a POS with 39 of his worthless associates and beating a man to within an inch of his life.

Then I would argue that it is absolutely acceptable for that POS to be shot to death.

SteveMinnesota
SteveMinnesota

@Joelle Purvis Allen Bless your heart Joelle, very well said.

TC4L
TC4L

Totally agree.  Shit.  I've seen many brawls with 5-10 people.  I'm not walking through that.  Find a detour.  @blacksheep I don't expect the police to be everywhere all the time.  I sure as hell don't want to live in a place with police everywhere all the time.  In this case, a basic instinct to walk away would be best. 

blacksheep
blacksheep

@jo1glex No one would get within a block of 30 or 40 teens brawling, ESPECIALLY THE POLICE!!  Stop blaming the victims, we pay the cops NOT to do their jobs? If they can't, find some who can.

j.reiter
j.reiter

This has nothing to do with Trayvon Martin and if the colors were reversed and 50 whites lynched a black, the Attorney General Eric Holder, the NAACP and the Black Panthers would be burning cities across the nation.  For you to insinuate any differently is thoughly dishonest.  For you to justify what the black youth did to Widstand or claim that people are exaggerating this story shows you are racist against white people and think you can get all liberal with your explaination to make it an acceptable act. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Leon Whiteman-Cariveau This post is the perfect example of a person who is so dumb they don't even realize what a racist dumbfuck they are.  Only a completely uninformed idiot racist could see a dead unarmed black teenager and think you know the guy that shot him didn't even get in trouble this is an example of racism against whites.  You are so incredibly dumb it defies description.   You are racist and stupid and should never give your opinion again.  

j.reiter
j.reiter

Here's a statistic to get everyone started

African -Americans commit 90% of the approximately 1,700,000 interracial crimes of violence that occur in the United States every year, and are more than 50 times more likely to commit vioent crime against whites than vice versa.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

@laxx1559 Perhaps Aaron Rupar made a mistake by using THROUGH.  If so, he needs to confirm the facts and report the story correctly.  Whatever the case, it seems as though you are blaming the victim and you are a complete d-bag for doing so. Mr. Widstrand should not have been beaten and thug Maiden and the three other pos should be facing attempted murder and a hate crime.  


MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TwinTown77 I would bet those gang members were standing their ground and therefore should be innocent of all charges.  George Zimmerman was told to stay in his car by police but instead stalked and shot an unarmed teeanger.  These youths didn't use a gun and the police didn't tell them anything.  Sounds less guilty to me.  Much like George Zimmerman we will have to take their word for what happened.  Normally I would think this guy wasn't doing anything since he was in his neighborhood but then again so was Trayvon.  I know you would say that you can't trust gang members with criminal records but then again George Zimmerman has a criminal record too.   I would say based on what happened in the Trayvon case these guys should go free.  This guy looks big, I'm sure those poor gang members were afraid for their lives.  They didn't even have guns.  How would they stop a hoodie wearing thug like Ray Winstrand.  Why was Ray out at night?  Did the cops and Fox News check Ray's twitter and facebook?   According to his facebook page he loves Scarface and Rocky.  Sounds violent to me.  When will the white community stand up to thugs like Ray Winstrand.  Why isn't the media reporting on Ray "the Thug" Winstrand?   Somebody call Sean Hannity!     

j.reiter
j.reiter

You are so smart, you should write a book about racism.

It could be titled "Y-ts Beezus so Razus-t."

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TwinTown77 Aren't you the complete d bag who wants these kids charged with a hate crime before knowing all the facts?    Why are you so eager to bring race and racism into this?   

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

@MicheleBachmann LOL!!  The dispatcher who is neither a cop nor has any authority, SUGGESTED Zimmerman stay in his car and not follow so as to decrease any liability.  I stopped reading the rest of your comment after your second sentence.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

@MicheleBachmann @TwinTown77 and I'm calling you a simpleton for thinking this may be something other than what it is.  People witnessed an innocent man beaten nearly to death by 4 BLACK, thugs; one of whom has been charged with first-degree assault, first-degree aggravated robbery and crime to benefit a gang. There is zero proof that the victim provoked it.  These are FACTS.  There is nothing more to the story, moron. 

j.reiter
j.reiter

@ MicheleBachmann, Why would anyone read your vitrol? This is about a guy that was attacked in St. Paul by a pack of nigs.  This has nothing to do with Trayvon Martin.  And yes, I am racist so now that we have settled that let's move on to the topic at hand.  Why are black people unable to live or be productive in a civilized society?

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

@MicheleBachmann How many people were arrested?  What color were those who were arrested?  What color was the victim?  What was taking place prior to the victim being attacked?  It is not unreasonable to think this was a racially motivated attack.  You are clearly as stupid and racist as the morons who were fighting on the streets.  BTW, try not to use the same adjective more than once within a sentence.  It makes you come off as uneducated prick.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TwinTown77 Obviously you never read my post.  It's obvious you never read anything that makes you think or challenges your worldview.  You are a stupid dumbass racist.  Racists are usually poorly educated and poorly informed.  

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