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Woodbury man accused of attacking juvenile at party

A Woodbury teenager faces a felony assault charge after allegedly sucker punching another teen at a Cottage Grove party.

Jacy C. Dow, 18, appeared March 19 at a Washington County District Court bail hearing on a charge of third-degree assault.

Dow was released from jail after posting $2,000 bail on conditions that he abstain from drugs and alcohol, have no contact with the victim, submit to random chemical testing and have no firearms possession.

He was charged in November 2011 - three days after the alleged victim and his mother went to the Cottage Grove police station to report an assault.

The victim, identified in a criminal complaint as R.E., told Cottage Grove police that he had broken up with his girlfriend and that she had apparently contacted Dow.

R.E. told police that the ex-girlfriend was upset over the breakup and "she wanted (him) beat up," according to the complaint.

The alleged victim said he was later invited to a party on Hinton Avenue, where Dow was also present. R.E. said Dow attempted to instigate a fight, but that he turned to walk away.

After turning away, "the next thing he knew (Dow) sucker punched him," the complaint states.

The teen told police Dow beat him on both sides of his face and continued striking him after he fell to the ground.

R.E. said he was taken to Woodwinds Hospital, where he was treated for two fractures to the orbital eye sockets in his face, a broken cheekbone, and a broken nose. His teeth were also broken during the alleged assault, according to the complaint.

Dow was later interviewed by police.

"The defendant simply stated to Officer Wanek that R.E. 'threw the first punch,'" the complaint states.

If convicted, Dow faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

His next court hearing is April 25. The case is set for a June 11 jury trial.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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