TRF man charged after assaulting two people
TRF man charged after assaulting two people

A Thief River Falls man has been charged in Pennington County District Court after he assaulted a man with a knife and a baseball bat at a Thief River Falls home.

Joshua Medina Rivera, 26, also allegedly used the baseball bat to strike a second man. Rivera has been charged with felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. He was arrested.

The victim who had been assaulted with the knife and baseball bat suffered cuts to his hands/fingers, according to the complaint. He was transported to Sanford Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

The other victim required no medical attention.

The charges stemmed from an incident Sunday, Oct. 17 at about 6:21 a.m. Three police officers and a sergeant responded to 104 Merriam Ave. N., according to the complaint. They were able to glean the initial details even though most of the people weren’t fluent English speakers.

After a fluent Spanish and English speaker arrived and was able to translate for them, police obtained additional information regarding the incident.

Police learned that Rivera had become angered by a loud noise at the home. He went downstairs to confront the noisy people, only to return sometime later with an aluminum baseball bat and a knife measuring about 12 inches.

Rivera hit one man in the forearms several times with the baseball bat. He also attempted to cut the man in his neck area, but the man was able to raise his hands to protect himself, causing cuts on his hands/fingers.

Rivera also allegedly struck a second man in his hip area. Police recovered the knife, which has been sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for further analysis.

They also obtained a DNA swab from the alleged knife victim.

Joshua Medina Rivera
Joshua Medina Rivera