Four face charges in Twin Ports attempted murderTwo suspects were arrested Friday on warrants charging them with attempted second-degree murder after allegedly punching and stomping on the head of a man in an ordeal that began in Superior and continued in Duluth.
By: Mark Stodghillfirstname.lastname@example.org, Superior Telegram
Two suspects were arrested Friday on warrants charging them with attempted second-degree murder after allegedly punching and stomping on the head of a man in an ordeal that began in Superior and continued in Duluth.
Duluth and Superior police didn’t release the name of the 36-year-old victim, who remains hospitalized in critical condition.
In addition to attempted murder, Jason Michael “JC” Carlsness, 29, of Duluth and Terrance Gewel “D-Bo” Yance, 27, address unknown, are also charged with first-degree assault and two counts of kidnapping. Carlsness was arrested in Duluth and Yance was arrested in St. Paul.
Two others were charged Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court with playing roles in the April 21 incident. One of them also was charged with attempted murder, assault and kidnapping.
According to the criminal complaints against Carlsness and Yance:
Superior police responded to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Superior just after 11 p.m. April 21 on a report of a man who had been badly beaten. The victim suffered a broken jaw and a broken nasal cavity, and he was transferred the next morning for surgery at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth to remove a blood clot. Physicians believed his chance at survival to be slim.
The victim, identified as Jason Lane in the criminal complaints filed in Douglas County Circuit Court, remains unconscious and on a respirator in the intensive care unit in Duluth, police said.
Kim Kaiser, spokeswoman for Essentia Health, said no patient named Jason Lane is listed in either the Duluth or Superior hospital.
Video surveillance at the Holiday Station Store at 21st Street and Tower Avenue in Superior showed the victim being pushed into a vehicle being driven by Chad Loren Siegel, 40, at 8:42 p.m. that night, according to the complaints. Melissa Coal Martinson was also in the vehicle.
Martinson told police that “D-Bo,” “JC” and Siegel began arguing with the victim in the vehicle. She said the victim told the men that he would “make it alright” or “I’ll pay you back.”
Martinson said the victim was punched in the face in the vehicle and then driven to the area of Skyline Parkway and Earl Street in Duluth’s Bayview Heights neighborhood. There, the victim was taken from the vehicle and repeatedly beaten and stomped in the head by Siegel, “D-Bo” and “JC,” Martinson told police. She said they “left him to die” and drove away.
The complaint states they returned to the scene, picked up the victim and brought him back to Superior. He was bleeding from his head and his ears.
Siegel dropped off Martinson and the victim at another man’s trailer. The victim said he didn’t want to go to the hospital because there was a warrant out on him. Someone asked him why he was so badly beaten. “Karma,” the victim replied, according to the complaint.
He was taken to the hospital and began having difficulty breathing and was choking on blood.
Siegel’s mother told police that her son admitted to her that he punched the victim several times in the face, the complaint alleges. She said her son described to her how they threw the victim to the ground and “D-Bo” stomped on the victim’s head. Siegel said he told Yance to stop.
Siegel, 40, of Superior, is also charged in State District Court in Duluth with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and kidnapping.
He and Martinson, 29, of Sturgeon Lake appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court on Wednesday to face Wisconsin charges in the incident. Each is charged with one felony count of aiding a felon. Cash bail of $10,000 was set for each of them, with the condition that they have no contact with each other.
Superior Telegram reporter Maria Lockwood contributed to this report.