Man jailed after bizarre party-bus assault

Paul G. Yankowiak Jr.

Police: Suspect tried to smear blood on arresting officer

A 24-year-old man was arrested outside Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon in Apple Valley after he allegedly attacked a man boarding a party bus outside the bar, causing the victim’s face to gush blood.

Paul G. Yankowiak Jr. of Faribault was charged with felony assault following the incident that occurred just after midnight Sept. 22 outside the bar at 15020 Glazier Ave.

Police say the attack was unprovoked. The victim – a 30-year-old St. Louis Park man – did nothing more than say hello and ask Yankowiak what his name was.

Yankowiak responded by punching the victim in the face, according to police.

The victim, who didn’t fight back, reported that he’d never met Yankowiak before, and a police spokesman said the attack was “totally random.” It’s unclear if Yankowiak was a patron at the bar or just happened to be in the parking lot when people were boarding the party bus.

When police arrived on the scene, Yankowiak was observed running away from the parking lot toward a nearby hotel, and he allegedly fought with an officer attempting to arrest him.

The police report notes that Yankowiak threw a punch at the officer and tried to smear blood from the earlier assault on him. Another officer used a Taser on Yankowiak, who was subsequently handcuffed and arrested.

No officers suffered any injuries during the arrest, police said.

Yankowiak was booked into the Dakota County Jail in Hastings, where he remained as of Thursday morning. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 23.