MOORHEAD — Two men have been arrested after an assault sent a man to the hospital with severe head injuries.
Juan Feliciano Jr., 55, of Fargo, and Conrad James Smith, 39, of Moorhead, each face one count of felony first-degree aggravated assault, according to documents filed Tuesday, July 2, in Clay County District Court.
At 3:08 a.m. Sunday, June 30, Moorhead police were dispatched to 903 18th St. S. in Moorhead for a report of an assault.
Officers found an unresponsive man on the ground with severe head injuries, bleeding from the mouth and appearing to have a broken jaw, court papers show. The man, who was not identified in court records, was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries.
A witness told authorities she was at an apartment nearby with several people, including Smith and Feliciano, court papers show. She told officers she didn’t know Smith and Feliciano, and decided to leave because they were making her uncomfortable, court papers show.
She told police she asked the victim to go back into the apartment to retrieve her belongings. After getting her belongings, she went outside to a car waiting for her, and that's when Smith and Feliciano came outside and began hitting the car, court papers show.
Smith and Feliciano then began assaulting the victim, and the witness said she and another acquaintance drove away, court papers show. Officers obtained a search warrant for the apartment and found Smith and Feliciano inside.
Feliciano alleged that Smith assaulted the victim, court papers show. Officers reported finding Smith with what appeared to be injuries and blood on his hands, and Smith denied being involved in any altercation, court papers show.
The victim remained hospitalized and under intensive care as of Tuesday afternoon, according to a Moorhead police spokesperson.
Feliciano and Smith are each being held at Clay County Jail on $300,000 bail with conditions or $500,000 bail without conditions. A phone message left for the public defender's office, which is representing Smith and Feliciano, was not immediately returned Tuesday.