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Published May 11, 2011, 09:19 PM

Teen Accused of Biting Hibbing, MN, Mayor in Assault

Criminal charges were filed Tuesday against a 17-year-old boy accused of biting Hibbing, Minn., Mayor Rick Cannata during a robbery attempt Friday.

By: Duluth News Tribune,

Criminal charges were filed Tuesday against a 17-year-old boy accused of biting Hibbing, Minn., Mayor Rick Cannata during a robbery attempt Friday.

Thunder Cloud Jose Rodriguez of Hibbing was charged in State District Court in Hibbing with six felonies -- four counts of robbery, one of assault and one of terroristic threats -- a misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property and a petty misdemeanor count of underage consumption.

According to the criminal complaint, Cannata, Robert Jaynes and their wives were walking home around 10:40 p.m. from a dart tournament when Rodriguez approached them. They also saw two men hiding behind some trees. Rodriguez demanded money. Cannata told the women to keep walking and to call the police. The two men who had been hiding approached the group and joined Rodriguez in demanding money, threatening to beat the victims if they didn't comply.

According to the complaint, one of the two men -- Daniel Jordan Thurston, 30, of Hibbing -- said that if the victims had called the police "he would kill them" before hitting Jaynes twice on the face. Rodriguez began swinging at Cannata, running off when he heard police sirens. Cannata chased and caught Rodriguez, who allegedly bit Cannata near the left eye.

As previously reported, charges were also filed against the two men in the case. Thurstin was charged with five felonies -- four counts of robbery and one of terrorist threats -- and a gross misdemeanor count of assault. Jeffrey Michael Hoshal, 20, of Hibbing, was charged with four felony counts of robbery, one misdemeanor count of underage consumption, and one petty misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thurstin and Hoshal are each being held in the St. Louis County Jail on $100,000 bail. Rodriquez is being held without bail at Arrowhead Juvenile Center. The County Attorney's office has started the process of certifying him as an adult.

All three defendants have criminal records.

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