Roseville police reported the arrest of four people in connection with an assault this morning at a city park that left a homeless man with life-threatening injuries.
Officers responded at 8:04 a.m. to Saugstad Park, 100 Buljan Drive, regarding a report that a group of people were beating a man. The people involved were among a group of homeless and needy individuals who were gathered at the park waiting for a regularly scheduled free breakfast, served by a local charitable organization, according to a Police Department news release.
Officers found 35-year-old Josef Martin Graven unconscious on the ground with severe injuries from the beating. They also contacted another man nearby who had a stab wound in his back. Both men were taken to the hospital by ambulance. The other parties involved and witnesses remained at the scene and spoke with officers.
Police were told that the stabbing victim, a 24-year-old homeless man, had been in a dispute with Graven the past few days over property that he believed Graven had stolen from him. The two men got into a fight at the park, and Graven allegedly stabbed the other man, causing a minor wound. The stabbing victim and others then allegedly attacked Graven, beating him until he lost consciousness.
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The stabbing victim was treated at the hospital for superficial wounds and released to police custody. Graven remains hospitalized.
Officers arrested four people, including the man with stab wounds, in connection with the beating. Police said their names will be released when the booking process is completed.