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NU man faces felony assault charge

Accused of driving at man Monday

NEW ULM — A 62-year-old New Ulm man accused of driving toward a man, trying to hit him in Traulich Estates Monday afternoon was charged with two counts in Brown County District Court Tuesday.

James A. Block, 2201 Broadway St. N. was charged with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. A bail hearing was held Tuesday afternoon.

According to the complaint, New Ulm Police were dispatched to Traulich Estates for a reported disturbance at 1:31 p.m. Monday. At the scene, a man told police he was leaving his girlfriend’s residence when he met Block and another man.

The man told police he heard honking outside his residence and went outside to investigate where he saw Block and another man in his driveway having a verbal argument. The man said Block and the other man were calling he and his girlfriend vulgar words, so be began taking video of Block and the other man with his camera when Block drove towards him and tried to hit him. The man said Block and the other man then drove away.

Police viewed video on the man’s phone that showed him and the other man arguing, then a red Chrysler Sebring with Block sitting in it. The video showed Block accelerating towards the man when he jumped out of the way to avoid being hit. The man told police he was able to feel the vehicle on his pants but was not injured.

A woman told police she was in a trailer when she heard a vehicle’s horn honking and yelling, so she went to a window and saw Block, another man and the alleged victim arguing. The woman said she exited the trailer and told the men to leave but they didn’t.

The woman said she told the men to leave again but continued to argue and she saw Block drive toward’s the alleged victim after he began video recording him.

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