Disgruntled employee damages co-worker’s car after removal

A Rosemount man, allegedly upset because he was removed from the work site that morning due to behavior problems, took it out on an associate’s car, causing $1,359 in damages.

Joseph Lee Branham, 43, used a baseball bat to damage the vehicle’s windshield and passenger side mirror, according to the criminal complaint.

On Feb. 28, witnesses told police they heard the commotion at the business in Eagan, and one alleged that Branham admitted to damaging the vehicle.

Branham now faces the felony charge of criminal damage to property in the first degree, which has a maximum sentence of five years and $10,000.