St. Paul: Bystander Brutally Beaten After Wandering into Apparent Gang Fight

Andy Greder and Tad Vezner, Pioneer Press, August 10, 2013

Four young males have been arrested after the senseless, brutal beating of a man on a late-night walk Sunday on St. Paul’s East Side, police said Friday.

The victim, Ray Widstrand, 26, of St. Paul, reportedly was in critical condition at Regions Hospital with potentially fatal brain swelling.

Ray Widstrand

Ray Widstrand

Police found Widstrand lying on the ground, bleeding from his nose and mouth, his pants removed and shirt torn, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Ramsey County attorney’s office.

“He’s in the most difficult time right now, as far as swelling and cranial pressure. We’re in that critical time,” his father, Peter Widstrand, said.

According to the complaint, Widstrand was attacked when he tried to walk through a group of 30 to 50 juveniles and young adults fighting near Payne and Minnehaha avenues in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

His family said he had been living in a nearby apartment for about two months.

“An innocent man was walking down the street and brutally attacked by a group of youth,” said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a police spokesman. “He was out for a walk and decided to go through this group and was assaulted and knocked unconscious.”

On Friday, Ramsey County prosecutors charged Issac Maiden, 19, of St. Paul with first-degree assault, first-degree aggravated robbery and crime committed for the benefit of a gang.

Issac Maiden

Issac Maiden


Meanwhile, three juvenile males were arrested Friday, authorities said.

A neighbor who saw Sunday’s fight from her window said the brawl erupted in the middle of Preble Street just south of Minnehaha Avenue.

She said dozens of people appeared to be attacking each other in groups. She said the crowd dispersed at the sound of police sirens.

Afterward, she said, she saw a person lying on the corner of Preble and Minnehaha.

The county attorney’s office said many of the fight’s participants were believed to be members of the East Side Boys gang or its younger affiliate, Ham Crazy.


According to the complaint, the chaos began with a fight outside a party at a residence on Prebele Street.


A witness said someone struck Widstrand in the head and knocked him to the ground; she said she saw blood coming from his head.

The witness said a second man then hit and stomped on Widstrand. A third man removed his pants.

The witness said the man was hit and beaten for no reason.

A second witness said Widstrand was assaulted when he walked into the area. When Widstrand went down, a “whole bunch of little East Side Boys” began to kick him, the complaint said.

When his pants were removed, they went through his pockets.

The second witness said the first person to hit Widstrand did it with a can in a sock. She tried to protect the man from people kicking and stomping him, while another witness said someone at the scene tried to use Mace to stop the attack, the complaint said.

A third witness identified Maiden as a man who stomped on Widstrand, based on a photo taken at the scene, the complaint said.


During the investigation, the shoes of several suspects were taken to be processed for evidence.

The scene was within blocks of the police department’s Eastern District office at 722 Payne Ave. Paulos said police plan extra patrols and other measures in the area.

“We are taking all resources necessary to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.


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  • ncpride

    During the investigation, the shoes of several suspects were taken to be processed for evidence.

    I know everyone can figure out why they have done that. Along with his potentially fatal head injury, this poor fella was brutally stomped as well. While I feel sadness, anger and pity for this poor fella, I can’t help but wonder what in the world he was thinking walking into a bunch of black savages brawling. AmRen should be required reading for every White person in America, then perhaps he would have known better.

    • negrolocaust

      besides dna he probably had prints from the soles on his face. its sad that the white community does not have their own version of an “al sharpton” who would organize protests and marches and put political pressure on authorities when things like this happen. no one in the united states speaks up for whites on a national level. and i doubt they ever will.

      • me

        We need an organization for European American goys, like the SPLC (Semitic Pigs Lying Constantly). Until we have the same rights as promised by our European American Founding Fathers in the Bill of Rights, we should act up like the wild Bantu by marching, boycotting, protesting and rioting in the damned streets every time a Bantu kills a White person. No justice, no peace…for White people.

        • jane johnson

          It’s time we all stand our ground.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          See my post directly above. We can all do something.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        We will sooner or later. Bout to go to bed, but I’ve been babbling about exactly such a thing. The big difference is that we will be responding to something real.

      • ncpride

        Exactly. When someone is stomped so hard it leaves bruises with the pattern of their shoe soles, how can there be any doubt these mindless savages were trying to kill this hapless guy? I’m not sure what it will take for Whites to start organizing and fighting back. It has to start at a local level, then grow from there, because no one is going to speak for us.

    • tech

      On the original article, a man that knew him as a friend is decrying all of the “racist” comments. So, I have a feeling that he was very naive about racial realities.

      • me

        Or a real sh#%ty friend….

      • Spartacus

        Racist comments are so much worse than racist stompings…

      • evilsandmich

        Judging by the guy’s unfortunate judgement, it’s probably not too surprising that a friend of his would have that reaction

    • jane johnson

      Too bad he never read John Derbyshire’s “The Talk – White Version”. It got Derb fired from National Review, but should be required reading for all young White people.

      • me

        Yes! Mr. Derbyshire probably saved countless European Americans from attack by a bunch of feral Bantus.

    • Erasmus

      It’s because of this kid’s story and the thousands of stories like his that I will tell the people I love to stay the hell away from these “culturally vibrant” folk. They are dangerous.

      I no longer care if I am called raciss’ or klansman a million times over. I have a duty to protect the people I love, and part of that duty is warning them to avoid dangerous situations: Don’t pet grizzlies and tigers. Don’t play with snakes. Don’t do drugs. Don’t drink and drive. Stay away from blacks.

      • ncpride

        Couldn’t agree more. I tell my kids the exact same thing. I don’t care if there are a ‘few good ones’, it’s best to steer clear of them all together and name calling I laugh at, because it means exactly zilch to me.

  • Puggg

    It’s not senseless, and the victim didn’t accidentally encounter a gang fight.

    He was minding his own, and a gang of blacks deliberately set on him for reasons of racial hate.

  • negrolocaust

    also i just read hes in a coma

  • Skip Wellington

    The gang name Ham Crazy supports the
    rayciss notion that African-Americans love & crave ham.

  • bigone4u

    Wherever blacks gather together in groups, chaos and violence reign supreme. Pass a law regulating the number of “youfs” who can legally gather together after dark, or better yet, just put a curfew law in place in HIGH CRIME AREAS ONLY. If you’re white and you live in a mostly black area, you’re a prisoner in your home or apartment or you’re a victim like this poor unfortunate man.

    • me

      Jim Crow–now, more than ever!

      • Johnny Clay

        Eventually, there may be a political leader with the cajones to call for a return to segregation for public safety reasons. The bantus are going to bring it upon themselves.

  • din_do_nuffins

    If the Whitey’s ancestors fought to “Save the Union and Free a Race,” then this is a case of Jefferson Davis’ revenge.

    If not, then, well, welcome to Diversity BRA-USA.

  • negrolocaust

    On the ground, police found Widstrand lying on his back with his pants
    off and his shirt torn, according to the complaint. His nose and mouth
    were bleeding.

    He was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. As of Wednesday, his
    prognosis for recovery was slight, the complaint said. Should he live,
    the man will have permanent brain loss.

    kstp dot com has the criminal complaint on pdf big file

  • negrolocaust

    The Complainant states that the following facts establish probable cause:
    Your complainant, Sheila Lambie, is a licensed peace officer in the State of Minnesota and an investigator with
    the Homicide unit of the St. Paul Police Depart
    ment. Having read and reviewed other police reports and having
    conducted her own investigation into the matter, states the following to be true and correct:
    On August 4, 2013, at approximately 23:40 hours, St. Paul police officer Dan Michener was in his s
    leaving the East District Officer located at Payne and Reaney Avenues in St. Paul, Ramsey County, when he
    was hailed by a man who told him that there was a large fight going on in the street nearby. Officer Michener
    drove to the area of Minnehaha and
    Payne. There were approximately 40

    50 juveniles and young adults in the
    area. Many of whom ran as he approached in his squad car. He saw a male on ground. His legs and arms were
    spread out and he was lying on his back. His pants were off and his shirt torn
    . He had blood coming from his
    nose and mouth and was unresponsive. Medics were called to the scene.
    The man, later identified as R.D.W., age 26 yrs, was taken to Regions hospital. He was admitted and found to
    have severe and potentially fatal brain swel
    As of August 8
    , the prognosis for recovery is slight and should he live, he will suffer permanent and protracted
    loss of brain function.
    St. Paul police officers assisting Officer Michener, identified several persons who were present in the vicin
    where R.D.W. was found. Among the persons interviewed by homicide detectives, was a young woman
    (witness 1) who told police that she had been present at a party at an address of Preble near Minnehaha Ave. in
    St. Paul on August 4. She described that som
    e girls at the party starting fighting outside and that everyone went
    outside to watch the fight. She saw numerous people from the party fighting. While this was happening, a
    young white male walked into the crowd. She described seeing a person she identif
    ied as
    “Bay Bay”
    hit the man
    to the head, knocking him down. She saw the man hit the ground hard and his head was bleeding. A second man
    that she described as having short dreads, wearing a white T

    shirt began hitting and stomping on the man.
    Another man b
    egan pulling the man’s pants off.
    She said that the man was hit and beaten for no reason. She believed that the young males hitting, beating and
    stripping the man were either East Side Boyz or Ham Crazy.
    “Bay Bay”
    has been identified as
    C.R., d.o.b. 8/1
    Another witness (witness 2) interviewed by the police on August 6
    , described being at the party on Preble and
    later out in the street around 23:30 hours, when there were girls fighting. This witness described seeing a white
    male assaulted who ha
    d walked into the area. She thought the first person who struck him had hit him with a
    can in a sock. The man went down and a “whole bunch of little eastside boys” began to kick the man. She saw
    them strip him of his pants and go through the pockets. This
    witness described trying to protect the man from
    the numerous people kicking and stomping him.

    • me

      And why does the Bantu in the White House want to get rid of ‘racial profiling’ again?

  • ncpride

    I doubt Mr. Widstrand will be getting up any time soon to shake his attackers hand, if he ever gets up again at all, that is.

    • Sick of it

      With the brain damage, he’d be better off dead.

  • baldowl

    I have very little sympathy for whites who don’t know better than to find themselves around groups of rowdy blacks. He bought the multicultural love story lie, and he paid the price. Sorry, not sorry.

    • I’m sorry, but this Ray Widstrand reeks of St. Paul liberal. I would say, “Welcome to Amren”, but the old Ray Widstrand’s mind doesn’t exist anymore. Now, he has a lower IQ than the feral criminals who attacked him. What’s your next step, mom and dad, blame Ray for walking out at night?

    • Sick of it

      If one sees any group of 5 men or more, it’s always a good idea to go a different way. Unless one has backup. Dozens? That’s should be obvious to both the ignorant and stupid.

      • Johnny Clay

        I see more than two in a group and I change my route.

    • negrolocaust

      its not his fault to not have grown up around or have been exposed to blacks to see how disgusting and low iq and violent they are . the media hides it so how can he know? that does not mean he should get hurt.

      • baldowl

        Sometimes I think white people are too young a people, and too kind and naive, to survive in a world of older, more ruthless races. I’m resigned to consigning clueless whites like Widstrand to the role of fodder, but you are not. I won’t say either of us is right.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    I see the msm style book code words at work here for black-on-White crime:

    Violent, murderous BLACK thugs: young males, group of youth, juvenile males

    Vicious, brutal attack of INNOCENT WHITE from behind: senseless, random, hit and beaten for no reason

    Black on White Attack: brawl with no known motive

    Police: baffled, random, won’t happen again

    These are the racist scum the HUD wants to force into YOUR neighborhood.

    George Zimmerman can’t be everywhere; We ALL must be George Zimmerman.


  • Magician

    If his pants were removed, that could possibly mean that this man was also raped by the four thugs.

  • TheCogitator

    This young fellow would have done well to have read “The Talk: Nonblack Version” by John Derbyshire. Had he done so, and heeded the advice, he would likely be uninjured today. Only a crazy person or an uninformed fool would walk among a bunch of blacks, especially those in the commotion of a fight.

  • Isaac Maiden needs to be placed inside an Iron Maiden.

    • me

      The torture device and not the metal band….

  • DailyKenn

    Black neighborhoods are in a perennial state of gang warfare.

    • me

      Bantu neighborhoods? HUD has different plans…..Jim Crow, now more than ever!

  • Enar_Larsson

    I think this attack is Obama’s fault for telling naive whites that it’s racist to turn around when they see blacks down the street.

    • me

      Who listens to Obummer anymore?

  • Romulus

    As always, edit out the fact that the yoofs we’re black.

  • me

    And then you farted, and a rose-scented rainbow shot out of your butt….

  • me

    Nah. It was probably a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls–they be White, as White as Poppin Fresh, and that’s rayciss!

  • sbuffalonative

    Yet another ‘wrong place at the wrong time’.

  • Magician

    Some black teen girls/women are as big, rugged and strong as healthy well-norished adult white men and bigger and stronger than many East Asian men

    • Erasmus

      It’s not for nothing they’re called water buffaloes.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    “Issac Maiden, 19”

    Youth? Juvenile? 19 is an adult.

    Oh, and they all wouldn’t have happened to be black like young master Isssssac, would they?

    • negrolocaust

      you are not allowed to call blacks what they are so your choices are: youth, students, young people, gangs, gang members,kids, teens, juveniles. if they are over 18 you just lie and call them one of the above as long as you do not say the fact which is large groups of uncivilized low iq black people.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Uncle Ruckus has a few words too. He should be a news anchor. I’d watch that every night.

        You know, I’m just wondering, as have others, why he got near them. It’s pretty simple and axiomatic. If you are out walking late night and see a bunch of blacks fighting in the street…

        Walk the other way and invest in some tranquilizers so you are never tempted to take a walk late at night until you move to a safer neighborhood.

  • IKantunderstand

    This young man was brainwashed, pure and simple. He believed all the crap that has been shoveled his way. He probably believed he had “White Privilege”, and felt the need to atone. He went to live in this neighborhood to show his solidarity with his Black brothers and sisters. Well, he went from brainwashed to brain damaged. I certainly hoped he enjoyed his young life. I can tell you this, though, his good intentions were in vain. Just like that dumb ass chick in South Africa: DIED IN VAIN. Nobody in the Black community cares about Whites helping them, as a matter of fact, they think you are complete fools and deserve everything that is meted out to you. White people, do yourselves a favor, and stay the hell away from these ghetto savages, no matter what country they live in. Want to help? Go teach White kids in Appalachia. Fight for refugee status for White South Africans. You will help people in need, and, you won’t have to die. Win/Win.

    • saxonsun

      I read an article by a white woman who always loved blacks and moved to Harlem to prove it. She has since woken up. She said that her black “friends” told her that if she was being assaulted by other blacks they wouldn’t help her. She stated that the hate was palpable. At least she had the guts to tell her story.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Relevance, MRI? Interesting story but how does it relate? Can’t give ya a tumbs up or a thumbs down without clarification.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    “According to the complaint, Widstrand was attacked when he tried to walk through a group of 30 to 50 juveniles and young adults fighting near Payne and Minnehaha avenues in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.”

    I feel bad for this guy, but what was he thinking? I wouldn’t even walk through a group of 30-50 white men fighting, much less blacks! How could he possibly have encountered this scene before him and thought “Well, they may be fighting each other, but surely I can walk into the middle of it and be perfectly fine.”

    I hope he manages to survive this.

  • Spartacus

    Why didn’t he have a gun ? Or a knife, or anything to protect himself ? Jesus, I don’t live anywhere near groids, but I still never leave the house without at least 2 knives on me .

  • JackKrak

    Funny, Isaac Maiden doesn’t look like the type to make trouble.


  • KevinPhillipsBong

    I imagine he was on the ground, being beaten, and about to draw his gun when he thought, “I’m no racist white Hispanic! I’ll just lay here and take a beating like Zimmerman should have done.”

  • Ed_NY

    “The witness said the man was hit and beaten for no reason.”
    There was a reason he was hit and beaten. The reason being he was a lone White viciously attacked by a band of vicious, racist blacks. The reason is racism! Where is Eric Holder and his Justice Dept. How about this one Mr. President. Hey Al and Jesse, look over here, your peeps are at it again.

  • Nick A Siggers

    Even with the MS media’s refusal to tell the truth about typical bantu behavior, there is no excuse for a human being to be so ignorant of the dangers posed by afri canized Americans.

  • MBlanc46

    Racist hate crime.

  • Evette Coutier

    This young man paid the price of racial ignorance.

  • MekongDelta69

    ‘Youts,’ ‘Youfs,’ ‘Teens,’ ‘Young Adults,’ etc.

    “The witness said the man was hit and beaten for no reason.”
    Ahh no – there was DEFINITELY a ‘reason.’

    A different take:

  • Flytrap

    Dude’s a dumbass. I don’t think he deserves what he got, but how stupid do you have to be to try and wander through a gang fight? I don’t care if it’s Mormons and Baptists, I am not sauntering through a melee’ without backup and firearms.

  • SaveThe Republic

    Everything blacks touch turns to crap!

  • SaveThe Republic

    On Friday, Ramsey County prosecutors charged Issac Maiden, 19, of St. Paul with first-degree assault, first-degree aggravated robbery and crime committed for the benefit of a gang.

    Umm…Kinda of forgetting something huh? What about attempted murder during the commission of a hate crime? Now that sounds more appropriate.