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Two men charged in WE Fest beating

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Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

DETROIT LAKES -- Two Cottage Grove men have been charged with felonies in the serious assault of another man at a WE Fest campground.

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Derek Ronald Clevenger, 21, is charged with felony third-degree assault -- substantial bodily harm.

Casey Pablo Castillo, 22, is charged with felony aiding an offender to avoid arrest.

According to court records, at 5:14 a.m. on Aug. 8, deputies responded to the report of a fight at the Hilltop Campground. They found a man, referred to in court records only as BJH, lying on his back in the driving area between the north and south rows of campsites.

His face was covered in blood and he was taken by ambulance to St. Mary's Innovis hospital.

The next day, security personnel contacted deputies with two possible suspects in the case -- Clevenger and Castillo.

A woman allegedly told officers she had been in the back seat of a vehicle with Castillo when BJH entered the vehicle and began grabbing at Castillo.

Allegedly, Clevenger pulled BJH out of the vehicle and Castillo began to wrestle with him. Clevenger kicked BJH in the neck. Castillo moved away from the area, but Clevenger allegedly continued to kick and beat BJH until others at the scene screamed at him to stop.

BJH's face was covered in blood and Clevenger and Castillo allegedly agreed they didn't want him to die near their campsite and dragged him about 50 feet away, where he was found.

BJH told officers he mistook Castillo for a friend of his and entered the vehicle and grabbed him to get him to come back with him to their campsite.

BJH suffered multiple injuries in the assault, including severe facial swelling, multiple cuts that required stitches, and multiple facial fractures.

On Thursday, District Judge Joe Evans issued a summons for Clevenger and Castillo to appear in Becker County District Court on Dec. 22.

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