Apple Valley man faces new charge after alleged jail assault
An Apple Valley man being held in the Dakota County Jail on a robbery charge is now facing allegations that he assaulted a fellow inmate following an argument over food.
Kris L. Ewing, 22, is accused of punching the other inmate in the face with a closed fist, causing multiple fractures. He’s been charged with third-degree assault, a felony, in connection with the Sept. 2 incident.
According to the criminal complaint, Ewing and another inmate were arguing about a bagged meal when the victim stepped in and separated them, telling Ewing he’d get him some food from the vending machine if he ended the argument. This apparently angered Ewing, who later accosted the victim in the jail’s housing unit.
The victim told jail deputies that Ewing hit him at least once, but he blacked out momentarily and could not remember other blows. He reported that he didn’t think Ewing was going to attack him during the encounter, so he turned away, and that’s when Ewing struck.
At no point did the victim attempt to fight back, a witness reported.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where a CT scan determined he had suffered multiple sinus fractures and other facial injuries.
Ewing was arrested and jailed July 25 on the felony robbery charge. He was allegedly one of three men who beat and robbed a man inside an unoccupied Apple Valley apartment after the man went there seeking sexual services through an ad on Backpage.com.
Ewing remained in jail as of Monday afternoon, with bail set at $80,000 for the robbery charge and $30,000 for the assault charge. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 3.