Pepin County Man Will Stand Trial For Alleged Assault Of Hunter

Victim's Injuries Left Him Hospitalized For 3 Days

Hmong students marched in protest of the attack on Sao Lue Vang last December. Photo: Rich Kremer/WPR News.

A Pepin County man has been ordered to stand trial on felony charges of battery and false imprisonment for his role in an altercation with a Hmong hunter.

Kevin J. Elberg, a 43-year-old man, is accused of attacking 64-year-old Sao Lue Vang in early November. Vang was hospitalized for three days with a lacerated liver.

According to the criminal complaint, Vang was squirrel-hunting with friends and wandered onto land owned by Elberg’s father. An altercation ensued, in which Elberg claimed Vang pointed a gun at him.

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Vang said he apologized for trespassing but was attacked.

A judge said it was probable that Elberg committed a felony and bound him over for trial. He will enter a plea to the charges on Feb. 23.