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One person in critical condition after assault

One person is in critical condition following an assault in Hastings.

The assault took place just after 3 a.m. on Friday, May 9, in the 1200 block of Vermillion Street at Perkins.

When officers arrived, they found a man on the ground and unresponsive. Police and paramedics administered first aid to the man, who was transported to United Hospital in St. Paul.

The suspect was identified at the scene and arrested. He is 27-year-old James Nathan Phenix of West Plains, Mo.

He was booked into the Dakota County Jail for third degree assault. 

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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