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Emily Welker, Published October 16 2013

Fargo man accused of beatings on back-to-back weekends

FARGO – A Fargo man is charged with committing two aggravated assaults over the past two weekends, knocking out one man’s teeth and knocking another man unconscious.

Anthony Craig Garner, 44, was charged Monday in Cass County District Court in two separate cases with aggravated assault, a Class C felony.

According to court documents, a Fargo police officer responded to an assault report Oct. 6 at about 6 p.m. at the Fargodome at 1800 N. University Drive.

Maintenance worker Paul McKeever told the officer he was supervising some temporary workers when one of them, Anthony Garner, became argumentative and uncooperative.

McKeever said he told Garner to clock out and leave, but instead, Garner headed to a storage unit to put away his mop and bucket.

When McKeever tried to take the mop, he told police, Garner tried to twist the mop away, then turned and punched him in the mouth, knocking out two of his teeth.

Garner was already gone by the time police arrived, according to a report filed with the charges.

Police still hadn’t been able to locate him the following weekend, when Fargo police were called to a domestic assault at 4:08 a.m. Sunday at an apartment at 1258 10th St. N.

Court documents said Garner was arguing with a resident of the apartment when a neighbor who heard the fight threatened to call their landlord.

The neighbor, Donald Kern, told officers that when he confronted him, Garner punched him in the head two to four times, knocking him out. When he awoke, Garner was kicking him in the chest and stomach, Kern told officers.

Garner’s bail was set at $4,000.

His next court appearance is set for Nov. 12.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541