UPDATE: Bail set at $750K in Park Point assault, robbery case

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DULUTH, MN — A judge has set bail at $750,000 for the man charged in connection with an assault and robbery of a Park Point resident.

Darrel Mayhew, 30, made his first court appearance Wednesday morning.

According to CBS 3’s reporter in the courtroom, Mayhew requested a public defender.

Mayhew’s attorney’s argued for supervised release, but a judge denied that request.

He’s scheduled to appear back in court January 29.

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DULUTH, MN — Formal charges have been filed against Darrel Mayhew, 30, who allegedly broke into multiple homes in Duluth’s Park Point neighborhood January 2 and apparently assaulted a 70-year-old man.

Mayhew has been charged with Assault in the 1st Degree, Aggravated Robbery in the 1st Degree, and Burglary in the 1st Degree.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a home on the 800 block of South Lake Avenue around 6 p.m. January 2.

When officers arrived, they found the victim holding a towel over his head with blood dripping down his face.

According the complaint, the victim told officers that he had been attacked in his home by two unknown males who walked in through his unlocked front door. The victim said he was then hit over the head with some type of blunt object but didn’t see what the object was.

He said a blanket was then thrown over him so that he couldn’t see who attacked him, and the attackers then demanded money from him.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim stated he didn’t have any money or change other than what was in his pockets, and said a man took about $2 in change out of his pocket and also stole a cell phone.

The complaint states the victim’s Samsung tablet was also missing from his home.

According to the complaint, the victim was then taken to to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth due to the severity of his injuries, and then went into a coma, but told police before arriving at the hospital a man who took his money was black.

The following day, investigators reported they searched the neighborhood and found an imprint on the window next door made from outside, as well as a white glove with a substance that appeared to be blood on it several doors down from the victim’s home.

According to the complaint, the glove matched the imprint made on the windows of the victim’s home.

After speaking with witnesses, officials found a neighbor who says a man had approached his door as he was leaving the night before, and had asked the neighbor for money and pain killers around the same time as the assault.

The neighbor had security camera footage, and turned it over for review.

While watching the video, officials say the man who approached the neighbor’s home then walked across the Aerial Lift Bridge toward Park Point, and then returned to Canal Park about an hour and 20 minutes later carrying a red or orange bag.

After reviewing video cameras on the Aerial Lift Bridge, they found an African American man in Canal Park in front of Grandma’s Saloon. According to the criminal complaint, that man then entered the Paulucci Building.

A security guard there told police he was in contact with an African American man on January 2, who was wearing a University of Miami Sweatshirt, with a black balaclava around his face and neck, as well as a white bomber style stocking cap over the balaclava with two white strings on either side of his face.

The man on camera was also described as wearing winter style boots with no laces.

The suspect was then tracked to the DECC and the Northwest Passage of the Skywalk through security camera footage, and appeared to be carrying a red bag and an electronic item, which the complaint states appeared to be a tablet.

Investigators say they were alerted that the victim’s stolen cell phone had been used to call a contact on the phone contact list, which was reportedly from someone who lived at Miketin’s in downtown Duluth.

After contacting the Miketin’s resident, police say they were told a fellow resident had been out front smoking the night of the incidents when an African American man apparently approached him wanting to give him a cell phone that had active service on it.

According to the criminal complaint, the resident took the phone but then decided they should try to return it to its owner.

Security footage shows a man consistent with the description and clothing to the African American man observed in Park Point both before and after the assault on the victim inside Miketin’s.

According to the complaint, another witness inside of Miketin’s told police she knew the man in the video, and believed his first name was “Terell”, and was able to provide information about where the man lived and the composition of his family.

Police then received additional information regarding the name of a man in a photo released to the public, which was Darrel Darryl Mayhew.

Investigators then contacted Mayhew at his home, as well as his girlfriend, on January 6.

When officers arrived, Mayhew was wearing boots consistent with those spotted on security camera footage, and also had a Samsung tablet in the apartment.

According to the complaint, Mayhew’s girlfriend told police Mayhew had been away from the apartment on January 2, came back to change his clothing, and then left again.

Authorities say Mayhew’s girlfriend told them Mayhew came home with the red bag and the tablet, but couldn’t tell her where they came from.

If you’d like to help cover the expenses of the assault victim’s hospital bills, click here to donate to the GoFundMe page. 

Read the full criminal complaint below:

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