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Two more charged in connection with gas station assault

Two more men were charged in connection with an Aug. 1 fight outside of a St. Paul Park gas station that left a man in critical condition with head injuries.

Jim Lee, 22, and Tong Xiong, 22, both of St. Paul, were charged recently in Washington County District Court in connection with the alleged beating of Keith A. Sachwitz.

Sachwitz' family did not want to comment on his current condition due to the pending court case.

According to the complaint filed by the Washington County Attorney's Office, Sachwitz and his friend, Chad Strenke, were driving away from the SuperAmerica gas station when a car pulled up behind theirs, and someone inside threw a glass bottle at their car, Strenke told police. Strenke threw the bottle back at the car, and Sachwitz approached the group, comprising three cars full of men, Strenke told police, the complaint says.

After that, men poured out of the cars and began assaulting Sachwitz, the complaint says, based on Strenke's statement and gas station surveillance video.

Lee admitted to punching the man in the leg one or two times, but denied striking him in the head, the complaint says.

Xiong said he didn't punch Sachwitz, but didn't remember if he kicked him, the complaint says.

Lee and Xiong are charged with first-degree aiding and abetting assault, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

Lee is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court on Oct. 14. Xiong is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Nov. 10.

Beely Khang, 21, of St. Paul, was previously charged with first-degree aiding and abetting assault in connection with the incident, and is scheduled to have a jury trial on Jan. 10, 2011.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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