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Forum staff reports, Published October 08 2012

South Dakota man charged in downtown Fargo beating

FARGO – A South Dakota man is in custody after a downtown beating here that left the victim with multiple facial fractures.

Michael Conrad Knecht, 22, of Tuthill, S.D., has been charged with aggravated assault after police say he beat a man into unconsciousness on the 300 block of Broadway North on Sunday.

According to court documents, Knecht told police he was defending someone when a fight broke out.

He is being held in the Cass County Jail.

The victim was brought to Sanford Medical Center, where a CT scan showed he had multiple facial fractures.

His condition was not known as of Monday evening.