A Minneapolis man faces charges of assault and aggravated robbery after he allegedly beat a man for sleeping with his wife.
John William Hakarine IV, 33, is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with the incident.
According to a criminal complaint, Minneapolis police were called to the 3200 block of Oliver Avenue North on Jan. 11 to a report of a shooting. There, officers found a man with ropes in his wrists, wires around his ankles, and an apparent gunshot wound to his calf.
Police have learned the man’s family reported him missing after they received video showing him tied to a pole in a basement with two shotguns pointed at him and a message claiming the man was being punished for raping the sender’s wife.
Officers followed the man’s blood trail to the basement of a nearby home and found a pole in the basement with a pool of blood.
The victim told police he was invited to the house and was drinking with two people when Hakarine and another man came out with shotguns, took his phone and other personal items, then forced him to the basement where four people beat him with a pipe. , says the complaint.
Additionally, the victim said two boys were given the shotguns and told to hold him at gunpoint, and one of the boys shot him in the leg at one point. After the group finished beating the man, the victim said the adults went upstairs to drink and do drugs and the children were left to hold him at gunpoint.
According to the complaint, the victim was able to free himself from the bonds, grabbed a shotgun and ran to a neighbor to call the police.
The victim was taken to hospital and underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the leg. The complaint notes that he admitted sleeping with Hakarine’s wife but said it was consensual.
Hakarine later admitted to the assault and said he was using methamphetamine at the time and his wife urged him to participate in the assault.
Officers found the victim’s personal items in the home and also located a dented metal pipe in the basement.
Hakarine is due to make his first court appearance on Thursday afternoon.
If convicted, the maximum sentence for the aggravated robbery charge is 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $35,000, or both. Meanwhile, assault with a dangerous weapon carries a maximum sentence of seven years, a fine of up to $14,000, or both.