Has scope of assault probe widened?

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Authorities are not saying whether the arrest of two Blue Earth Area High School students was in connection with an assault that occurred in Winnebago on Oct. 18.

On Saturday, Police Chief Eric Olson said the two 18-year-old males were being held at the Faribault County Jail. Also apprehended was a 16-year-old male.

Olson would not release the names of the adult males, saying investigation of the incident is still on-going.

According to the jail’s website, Dalton Lee Nagel was arrested Friday and booked at 9:27 p.m. and Wyatt Eugene Tungland was taken into custody and booked 11:40 p.m.

Both are facing a pending felony charge of third-degree assault, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000.

To be convicted of the charge, a person must have caused “substantial bodily harm” that usually means a serious injury such as a broken bone or semi-permanent injury.

In his first statement on investigating the assault, Olson said, “We would like to assure the Winnebago community and parents of Blue Earth Area School District that it is our number one priority to solve this case.”

Winnebago police received a tip from Blue Earth Area resource officer DJ Bullerman on Nov. 9 that an assault may have occurred in the city.

In addition to the allege assault, has the investigation taken authorities in another direction?

Nagel and Tungland were both members of the Buc football team that ended its season with a State tournament quarter-final loss on Nov. 10.

Could authorities be trying to determine when BEA school officials first became aware of the assault? Because, it is still unclear when districts officials knew about the incident.

The football team played a game on Wednesday, Oct. 18, because of the two-day MEA break beginning the next day.

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