Confrontation leads to felony assault charge for Kasson Wrestler
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – A wrestler from Kasson is facing a felony assault charge after allegedly punching another wrestler at a tournament in Rochester.
Prosecutors said Reed Parrish, 19, confronted the wrestler in the Mayo Civic Center locker room about something that happened during the victim’s final wrestling match at the tournament in late February. The criminal complaint filed Tuesday says Parrish then punched the wrestler on the right side of his face.
The victim said the open-hand slap numbed his face, blurred his vision and caused ringing in his right ear. Prosecutors say the victim suffered a suspected concussion and suffered temporary hearing loss after Parrish punched him. The victim was in the emergency room at St. Mary’s Hospital when she spoke to police, the complaint says.
In a police interview, Parrish acknowledged he confronted the victim and said the victim tried to push him after the two engaged in a verbal altercation. Parrish admitted to slapping the victim and said it was not a good idea to confront the victim.
The complaint states that several witnesses also corroborated the incident. Parrish is charged with third and fifth degree assault. His first court appearance is scheduled for September 22.