Mankato police arrest "man in red" who allegedly punched Kolstad before Nelson's kick [MUGSHOT]
The mugshots of Trevor Shelley (left) and Philip Nelson.
Last night, Mankato police arrested 21-year-old Trevor Shelley in connection with the Sunday morning altercation that left former Minnesota State University linebacker Isaac Kolstad in critical condition with a traumatic brain injury and former Gophers starting quarterback Philip Nelson charged with first- and third-degree assault.
Police believe Shelley was the "man in red" who decked Kolstad, knocking him out cold and causing his head to bounce off the pavement, before fleeing the scene on foot. Nelson, who says Kolstad struck him before the man in red intervened, then allegedly moved in and kicked an unconscious Kolstad in the head once or twice.
A Blue Earth County Jail official tells us Shelley is being held on suspicion of the same charges Nelson faces. Shelley hasn't yet been charged as this is written.
In other developments, Nelson was officially dismissed from the Rutgers football team this morning (he transferred to Rutgers from the U of M after last season). He was released from custody yesterday after posting $20,000 bail.
We spoke with one of Kolstad's relatives this morning. (She asked that her name not be used in this report). She said she's in the process of planning a benefit for Kolstad in Minneapolis.
The relative seconded what Nelson's criminal complaint says about the dire state of Kolstad's condition. A Mayo Clinic doctor says Kolstad has a severe head injury and a severe pulmonary injury. He may not survive his injuries, but even if he does, it's not likely he'll make a good recovery.
-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at email@example.com.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.
- Steven Timm charged with animal cruelty for harassing, drowning deer
- Cataclysmic boredom propels Stewart Mills into 2016 congressional race
- Man goes to meet prostitute with a trunk full of plastic and a giant empty suitcase