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Assault Injures Pair, Local Man Charged

By Staff | Oct 12, 2010

An Emmetsburg man is in the Palo Alto County Jail on multiple charges following an assault early Sunday morning in Emmetsburg that left two men injured. Manuel Humberto Acosta, 23, was arrested and charged with Burglary in the First Degree among other charges following the incident.

According to Emmetsburg Police Chief Eric Hanson, police officers were dispatched to the Lucky Charm Motel at 2:11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 for a reported assault. Upon arrival at the scene, police discovered 23-year old Matthew Alan Thorsbakken of Emmetsburg had sustained several serious injuries about the head area.

Prior to the arrival of police officers at the scene, the alleged assailant attempted to leave the motel room where the assault took place and was confronted by the owner of the Lucky Charm Motel, Greg Kennedy. A physical confrontation occurred between the alleged assailant and Kennedy, who sustained some bruises and a cut hand. The assailant then fled the scene. Matthew Thorsbakken was subsequently transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the assault.

With the assistance of deputies from Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office and Special Agents of the the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, Emmetsburg Police conducted an investigation into the assaults, which resulted in the arrest of 23-year old Manuel Humberto Acosta of Emmetsburg later Sunday. Acosta was taken into custody and charged with Burglary in the First Degree, a Class B Felony; Willful Injury, a Class C Felony and Assaulty While Participating in a Felony, a Class C Felony all in connection with the assault and incident involving Matthew Thorsbakken.

As a result of the physical confrontation with Gregory Kennedy, Acosta was charged with Assault While Participating in a Felony, a Class D Felony.

Manuel Humberto Acosta was placed in the Palo Alto County Jail and was later brought before a judge for his initial appearance. Bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety on the charges and as of Monday, Oct. 11, Acosta remains in custody at the Palo Alto County Jail.

It is noted that individuals charged with criminal offenses are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.