Two Charged with Assaulting, Stabbing SLP Grandfather

Police say Shane Thomas Crocker of Mendota Heights and Austin Christian Grove of St. Louis Park assaulted and stabbed a man after he told them to stay away from his grandson.

Two men, one from Mendota Heights and one from St. Louis Park, are charged with assaulting a St. Louis Park man, allegedly cutting him with a knife after he told them to stay away from his grandson.

Austin Christian Grove, 19, of St. Louis Park, and Shane Thomas Crocker, 19, of Mendota Heights are each charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony with a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaints, signed by St. Louis Park Police Detective Matthew Reilly, police were called to a home in the 7900 block of West 26th Street just after 1 a.m. Aug. 22 to investigate an assault.

Officers spoke to the victim, who had suffered deep cuts on his arms. He told police that he lives in the area with his grandson, who used to be friends with both Grove and Crocker.

The victim said his grandson told him that the two men had come to their home earlier and had damaged a window screen. The victim said he found Grove and Crocker on West 26th Street and confronted them, telling them to stay away from his home and his grandson.

Grove and Crocker punched the victim and knocked him to the ground, then Crocker pulled out a knife and slashed at the victim’s arms, cutting him repeatedly, according to the complaints.

The victim went home and called police, who found a trail of blood from the location where the assault occurred to the victim’s home.

Both Grove and Crocker claimed that the victim had attacked them and that they had acted in self-defense, the complaints say. Crocker claimed that the victim grabbed him and pulled him into the street, and said he pulled a knife to defend himself, according to the complaints.

A witness told police that he saw the victim approach Grove and Crocker and yell at them, then saw the two men assault the victim, punching and kicking him. The witness said he heard the men yell, “You wanna [expletive] with us?” and “Don’t mess with us.”

Grove has been released from custody on a $15,000 bond and Crocker on a $2,000 bond. Omnibus hearings in their cases are scheduled on Sept. 10 for Grove and on Sept. 13 for Crocker, both in Hennepin County District Court.

Ruth Olson-Martin September 04, 2012 at 02:31 PM
We need to have education to younger people that older people are not the same as they are in their bodies and it is rare that an older person will fight with the strength of a younger person. When anyone says to stay off their property and leave any family member alone, it is trespassing and illegal to continue. I am a woman in her 70's and have had trouble with neighbors who enjoy verbally battering and entering our yard doing damage for the fun of it and I have no recourse but to call the police and then I'm in more trouble from the neighbors. How can Seniors over 70 protect themselves, their families and their belongings in St. Louis Park?
Margo hill September 10, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Who really believes that it was self defense when they are 2 young kids and he's a grandpa!? Give me a break!
Joe November 21, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Yeah this is completely fabricated. I was a witness to this and it actually began with the elder man who is perfectly healthy and weighs 250 pounds grabbing the 2 victims. Punches were exchanged and then the elder grabbed one of the two by the throat. This is when the cutting not stabbing began. There were 3 cuts if you look at the police reports not repetitive stabs. Rediculous how the media does this to get attention.


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