Worker at Olmsted County’s Von Wald Shelter Bitten by Teenager
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - An Olmsted County deputy was forced to grab a teenager by the hair and pull him off an employee at the county’s Von Wald Group Home Thursday as he was biting one of her arms and refused to let go.
Sheriff’s Office Capt. Scott Behrns says the 15-year-old got into a violent confrontation with two employees at the home and began throwing butter knives at them. The teen then began fighting with the male and female employees.
They were still fighting when a patrol deputy arrived and the teen punched the officer as he tried to get him under control. Behrns says the teen then bit the female worker's arm and “clamped down hard.” When he refused to let go, the deputy grabbed his hair and pulled him off the woman and handcuffed him. Behrns says the bite broke the skin on the woman’s arm.
The teen was removed from the home and taken to the county’s juvenile detention center. Behrns says he is expected to face numerous charges, including felony assault.
The group home - which operates under the name 180 Degrees - provides residential support services for males and females between the ages of 12 - 18 “ whose primary issues stem from family conflict, behavior problems, school and/or social difficulties, or criminal activity.”
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