16-year-old charged as adult in Dayton's Bluff gang beating
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -
Cindarion De'Angelo Butler, 16, has been certified to stand trial as an adult for his role in the Aug. 4 gang beating of Ray Widstrand on St. Paul's east side.
Butler is charged with first-degree assault and first-degree aggravated robbery, plus two charges of committing a crime for the benefit of a gang.
According to the charges, Butler was the man seen stomping on Widstrand's face. Bus surveillance video allegedly shows a woman sitting next to Butler, saying, "you was fighting with him, you got blood and ---- on your shoes."
Three other members of the Ham Crazy gang have been charged as juveniles for taking part in the attack.
Widstrand, 27, was walking home on Aug. 4 when he came across a group of 40 to 50 young people who were fighting in the street. He was knocked down, beaten and stomped on. The mob even took off his pants to rifle through them.
Widstrand is currently recovering and in intensive therapy after multiple surgeries.