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No Charges Yet in Death Following Vicious Maplewood Bar Assault

Brandon Jermell Smith is being held on an outstanding warrant while cops wait on the medical examiner's autopsy report

Brandon Jermell Smith is being held on an outstanding warrant while cops wait on the medical examiner's autopsy report

One suspect in a brutal assault at Freddy's Tiki Hut early Wednesday morning is being held on an unrelated weapons charge while police wait for autopsy results and seek two other suspects.

According to Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell, Eduardo Alberto Figueroa was thrown to the ground and kicked "at least five times" in the head and neck area after he tried to break up an altercation between his 18-year-old daughter and a female suspect. He refused medical treatment when cops arrived shortly after midnight, and an hour later he collapsed and died in his home.

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According to Schnell the altercation started when Figueroa told a loud group at the bar to pipe down and the female suspect shoved his daughter.

The three suspects fled after police were called. Smith was quickly tracked down and arrested in his car without incident, but the two other suspects, a male and a female, are still at large.

"We know who they are and we believe they know they're being sought," said Schnell, who added that the bar caught the entire incident on tape.

Police are waiting until the Ramsey County medical examiner rules on whether Figueroa's death was a homicide before filing charges, which may be tricky because he did not die at the scene of the assault.

"One of the things that's different about this situation is that he left the bar on his own and his death occurred about an hour later, so obviously the medical examiner is going to have to make a determination on whether to rule this a homicide," said Schnell.

The Medical Examiner's Office said today that nothing will be completed until toxicology results come back, which could take up to two weeks.

So instead of charging him with anything related to the bar assault, the Ramsey County attorney charged Smith with an outstanding warrant from last May for unlawfully possessing a firearm.

Smith, 23, has four prior felony convictions.