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Dispute involving 'secret electricians' fraternity' ends with assault charges

A 41-year-old Kenyon man has been charged with aggravated robbery in the first degree and assault in the third degree for threatening and beating a co-worker with a belt buckle and stealing his gun in a dispute that allegedly involved a secret electrician’s fraternity. A 39-year-old Kenyon man has also been charged with aggravated robbery in the first degree for conspiring and assisting with the armed robbery.

Police were called to the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington at approximately 5:50 p.m. on July 7 on a complaint of threats being made. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, when the officer arrived, he spoke with the caller, who said he had heard that some people from the electric company he works for were looking for him and intended to hurt him due to an incident he was involved in two weeks earlier.

Later that night, police received a report the man had been assaulted and were dispatched back to the fairgrounds. According to the complaint, the man said he recognized one of the men as a co-worker, Patrick Aaron Moon. He said three men arrived at his trailer and Moon stayed outside while one of the men, later identified as Aaron Ray Olson, came into his trailer. The man said he talked to Olson for five minutes and then Olson grabbed a belt buckle off the wall and started punching him with it, and then began to choke him. The man said Olson asked him where his gun was and then retrieved the man’s 9 mm handgun from his bedroom and left the trailer. The three men then left in a pickup truck that belonged to Moon.

Officers spoke with a witness who, according to the complaint, said one of the men went inside the trailer while Moon walked over and stood in front of the door.

The next day, investigators went to the fairgrounds to get more information from the assaulted man, who became sick to his stomach and almost passed out while talking to the officers. He became unresponsive for a short time and appeared to have a mild seizure. The man was transported to the hospital by ambulance and was diagnosed with a concussion.

Officers executed a search warrant at the residences of Moon and Olson and found a belt buckle in Moon’s house that matched the description of the one used to assault the man and located the man’s handgun in Olson’s residence. Olson said he took the belt buckle from the man because there is a secret electrician’s fraternity of which the man was not a member and therefore shouldn’t have had the belt buckle.

If convicted of aggravated robbery, Moon and Olson could each face up to 20 years in jail and fines up to $35,000. If convicted on the assault charge, Olson could face up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.Ple