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Family Demands Answers After Sao Lue Vang Beat Unconscious in Woods of Wisconsin

Vang's family says a brutal beating has left the military veteran unable to care for himself

Vang's family says a brutal beating has left the military veteran unable to care for himself

Sao Lue Vang's family wants to know why charges have not been filed nearly a month after Vang, a 120-pound, 64-year-old man, was hospitalized following a trespassing dispute when Vang was out hunting with friends.

Kevin Elberg was arrested on suspicion of substantial battery and recklessly endangering safety by the Pepin County Sheriff on November 8, three days after the assault allegedly occurred. Elberg was released without bond and last week the Pepin County Attorney's Office said it was still investigating the case.

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While the county attorney continues its investigation, the story of Vang's assault has spread throughout the Hmong community via a viral Facebook post and a Change.org petition.

According to the Facebook post:

Vang was hunting on public land with two friends the afternoon of November 5 when Elberg confronted him for trespassing on his land. Elberg refused Vang's apology (Vang speaks very little English) and beat him unconscious, causing liver lacerations and an injury to his left hand that required multiple stitches. Vang was dragged 50 yards from where the assault took place and Elberg's mother helped put him into the bed of her pickup truck. Then they drove to a main road where they met up with members of Vang's hunting party and police.

Kevin Elberg still hasn't been charged almost a month after he allegedly beat a 64-year-old man unconscious

Kevin Elberg still hasn't been charged almost a month after he allegedly beat a 64-year-old man unconscious

The Pepin County Sheriff confirms they responded to a trespassing complaint at 3:06 p.m. and after an officer arrived on the scene Vang was transported to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Wabasha, WisconsinMinnesota, where his injuries were deemed serious enough to warrant sending him to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

After Vang was discharged from the Mayo Clinic he gave a full statement to the Pepin County Sheriff with the aid of a translator and Elberg was arrested.

"A lot of the stuff that's out there on social media came from one person's side of the story," said Greg Balow, chief deputy with the Pepin County Sheriff.

"Mr. Elberg gave a justification as to why there was an altercation and we waited until we got more detail from Mr. Vang. When we did, we felt there was enough there to arrest Mr. Elberg for substantial battery," he added.

The incident happened a few weeks shy of the 10-year anniversary of Chai Soua Vang killing six hunters following a similar trespassing confrontation in the woods of Wisconsin.

Pepin County Attorney John Seifert was unavailable to comment last week but his office said charges may be coming this week. Vang's family did not respond to several interview requests.

"Now my father is going to have this wound for the rest of his life. He's not going to be the same person anymore. He won't be able to cook for us, he won't be able to help us with anything because of what Kevin Elberg did to my father," Vang's daughter Mai Vang told WQOW in Eau Claire. "I need some answers. Not just me, but the whole Hmong community. We need some answers."

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