Rochester Teen Charged for Machete Attack
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- A Rochester man already facing felony assault charges in a different case is facing new charges stemming from an alleged machete attack.
18-year-old Jacob Bale was arraigned Thursday on charges of second-degree and third-degree assault and terroristic threats. Prosecutors accuse Bale of striking a juvenile male in the head with a machete on October 12 at an apartment complex in the 350 block of Elton Hills Dr. Northwest.
The criminal complaint says Rochester police officers found the victim with a blood-soaked bath towel wrapped around his head. The victim told officers he had been struck by a machete on the left side of his head, however he refused to identify his attacker.
Officers then followed up the victim’s mother who said she heard from three other people that Bale was her son’s attacker. During a follow up interview the victim said he and Bale got into a fight about jewelry stolen from Bale’s grandmother, the charges say.
The victim told an officer that Bale then grabbed a machete and held it on the victim’s chest while applying more pressure on the weapon. The victim said he then grabbed the blade and forced Bale off of him which led to a struggle, according to the complaint.
Bale then swung the blade down over his head and cut the left side of the victim’s head. The alleged attack occurred while Bale was a teenager but has since been certified for adult prosecution following Bale’s 18th birthday, court documents say.
Jail records show Bale has been in custody at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center since October 26 when he was arrested for allegedly threatening the father of a missing Stewartville girl with a knife after the father saw Bale and his daughter walking together in the area of Northern Hills Dr. and North Broadway.
Bale was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, and another felony charge of depriving a custodial parent of their rights in that case. Bail for each case has been set at $250,000.
Correction: A previous version of this story stated Bale is 24-years-old.
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