Men charged in machete assault in Hayfield
Two men believed to be involved in a machete attack in Hayfield are facing felony assault charges.
The Dodge County Attorney’s Office has charged Roderick Mickele Washington, 46, and Tommy Lee Robinson, 45, both of Hayfield, with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm.
A judge has ordered both men held on $100,000 unconditional bail. They are currently locked up in the Steele County Detention Center in Owatonna.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of First Avenue Northeast in Hayfield around 1:48 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. Within minutes, another deputy was dispatched to a medical emergency in the 900 block of Third Avenue Southeast in Hayfield.
At the medical emergency, a deputy found a victim bleeding heavily from a 6-to-10-inch flesh wound on his head, and the depth of the cut appeared to be almost to the skull, according to police reports. The injury was substantial and life-threatening. The deputy applied direct pressure to the wound while waiting for an ambulance.
The victim told the deputy that two men attacked him with a machete at their apartment. The ambulance transported the victim to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Though the victim’s wounds were life-threatening, Sheriff Scott Rose said it appears the victim will survive.
At the disturbance scene, the Washington and Robinson admitted to deputies that they had been drinking at Uncle Mony’s restaurant and that an unknown man offered to give them a ride home. The men claimed the unknown person tried to rob them at their apartment, court documents said.
The men also told deputies that they fought off the other man, but did not provide a response as to whether a weapon had been used.
During a search of Washington’s apartment, a bloody pillowcase and machete with blood on it were found and taken into custody, the complaint said.
Deputies arrested Washington and Robinson, and they were transported to jail.
If convicted of the felony assault, both men face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.