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Inmate assaulted, charge filed

A 22-year-old Apple Valley male, Kris Laymar Ewing, has been charged with assault in the third degree in connection with a Sept. 2 incident in the Dakota County Jail in Hastings. Ewing, who was being housed in the jail on a separate incident, apparently assaulted another inmate.

According to the criminal complaint, a third party inmate reported to staff that he witnessed Ewing punch the victim twice in the face with a closed fist. He did not see the victim hit or strike Ewing at any time.

Another witness told staff that the victim had separated him and Ewing earlier in the day following an argument.

In a statement to correctional deputies, Ewing said he went down the stairs in the housing unit and punched the victim with his closed right fist.

The victim was transported to the hospital where he was treated for sinus fractures and other injuries.