A Wisconsin man is in custody at the Carlton County Jail after being accused of using a roofing jack to assault two men after a night of drinking in Kettle River.

Jeffrey Allen Louks, 35, of Washburn, Wisconsin, is accused of first-degree assault causing great bodily harm and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Jeffrey Allen Louks
Jeffrey Allen Louks

According to the complaint, Louks had been at the Tower Tap Bar with the victims and accompanied the pair to a private home in Kettle River. One of the victims told law enforcement he knew Louks through his job, but they had worked together less than two weeks.

Carlton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a phone call reporting an assault in the early morning hours of July 25. They met the victims at Essentia Health in Duluth where one victim claimed he was assaulted by Louks, but couldn’t remember the details very well.

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After regaining consciousness, the first victim recalled seeing the second victim on the ground holding his head and begging Louks to stop.

“Please stop. I think my brain is hemorrhaging,” the second victim said.

The complaint alleges Louks responded, “I don’t care. I will (expletive) kill you.”

Deputies observed the first victim with swollen and black and blue eyes, as well as cuts on his lips.

The second victim was admitted to the intensive care unit at Essentia Health with a subdural bleed in his brain. Deputies also observed injuries to the second victim’s left eye and a scrape on his upper left cheek. He identified Louks as the person who assaulted him and beat him in the back of the head with a roofing jack.

Louks has open cases for theft and drug possession in St. Louis County. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $30,000 fine or both for the first-degree assault charge and a maximum of seven years in prison, a $14,000 fine or both for the second degree assault charge.

Louks was arrested Aug. 12 and is currently being held at the Carlton County Jail on $10,000 bail.