Duluth Police Investigate Bar Fight That Sent Woman To Hospital

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating a bar fight in West Duluth that sent one woman to the hospital for injuries to her head and face.

The call for help came in around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Rustic Bar on the 400 block of N. Central Avenue.

“Initial investigation shows that a fight occurred between two females and they were separated by two males,” according to a post on social media by the Duluth Police Department.

The cause of the assault remained under investigation Sunday.

“The owner of the Rustic Bar is cooperating with the investigation and provided surveillance video of the incident today,” according to the post over the weekend.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call the Violent Crimes Unit at (218) 730-5050.

As of Sunday, there was no word from police on any arrests.  The names of those involved had not been released either.

Katasia Khabeer, the daughter of the victim, has set up a GoFundMe account to help financially while her mother heals from her injuries.  The page describes her mother’s account of what happened, which is different from what police have provided as of Sunday.

FOX 21 does not normally name suspects in criminal cases until they are formally charged by the District Attorney’s Office, which is when a criminal complaint is made available with the official details of what allegedly happened.

Below is a news release sent out by the Duluth Police Department on Monday, Sept. 18, which provides a rundown of the case so far:

The Duluth Police Department is dedicated to providing accurate and timely information. To clarify the event that occurred at the Rustic Bar on Tuesday, September 12, we are releasing the below timeline of the incident. We want to remind the community that this is a very active and ongoing investigation, and we will share more details as they become available.

At approximately 12:15 a.m., Wednesday, September 13, Officers responded to the 500 block of N 60th Ave W for medical assistance that occurred from an assault earlier in the day. Upon arrival, officers located a 39-year-old female with injuries to her head and face. She was transported to a local hospital by Mayo Ambulance for treatment related to her injuries.

Surveillance video was requested on Thursday, September 14, and the bar owner provided it to DPD on Saturday, September 16. Investigators were called in on Saturday to review the video and continue the investigation. The surveillance video showed two females having a conversation that turned physical. That’s when two males became involved in the confrontation and assaulted the female victim.

The two males involved were known to the other female involved, and the cause of the fight is still being investigated. Any charges related to this incident are forthcoming as this remains an active and ongoing investigation. Investigators spoke to additional witnesses today, Monday, September 18 and have canvassed the area to gather video from surrounding establishments. If you have any information or video to share, you’re encouraged to call the Violent Crimes Unit at (218)-730-5050.

We ask for the community’s patience as we thoroughly investigate the events that occurred at the Rustic Bar.

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