Man facing assault charge

WELCOME — A Welcome man is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Richard Raven Sundberg, 25, has been charged with assault in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On Oct. 15, a Sherburn/Welcome police officer received a phone call from an adult male who said he had been assaulted the previous day by his landlord, Sundberg. The man said the assault occurred at a residence in Welcome, where Sundberg also lives.

The officer met with the man and an adult female witness. The man showed the officer his back, which had a bruise on it; his arm, which had a long scab on it; and his right hand, which appeared swollen on the outside and slightly purple in color.

The man said he and the woman had guests over for supper and Sundberg began a conversation with him which he did not feel was appropriate in front of the guests. He said he told Sundberg the conversation was not appropriate and to stop talking about it. He said he then went upstairs. A few minutes later, the woman came upstairs and said Sundberg just told her they had 30 days to move from the residence.

The man said he went downstairs and asked Sundberg what the 30 days was about and Sundberg said he was tired of the “attitude” and they needed to move out. The man said they had a few more words and, as he turned to walk away, Sundberg came up behind him and grabbed his neck. The man said Sundberg dragged him back into the room in a chokehold and was attempting to “choke him out.”

The man said he repeatedly told Sundberg to stop and Sundberg let the man go and told him to go upstairs. He said he began going outside to where the guests were when Sundberg grabbed him again and pinned him against the doorway. The man indicated Sundberg again held him in a chokehold and punched him in the head repeatedly.

The man said he asked for help from his guests, who were outside. The man said that as he was bent over, he could see a knife lying on the ground by his feet and thought it may have potentially caused the injury to his arm. He said Sundberg finally let him go.

One of the guests told the man he was sorry he could not help, but he was on probation and he did not want to get in trouble. Sundberg at this point said that if the guest had tried to help, he [Sundberg] had killed for less.

The woman told the officer the same story, and the officer contacted the guests, who said they saw some of the altercation that took place.

On Oct. 16, the officer met with the man, who provided the officer with his medical records from his visit to the emergency room. The records indicated the man had a fracture in his right hand, which the man said was from the assault.