UPDATE – Man Charged in Rochester Good Samaritan Attack
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The man accused of attacking a Good Samaritan in Rochester Tuesday night was arraigned Thursday and his bail was set at $200,000.
Police say 31-year-old Nathaniel Wedig stabbed the 51-year-old man with a box cutter just minutes after the victim had given him a ride. The victim told police Wedig asked for his wallet and cellphone and when he refused, he was cut on the head and arm. The victim’s 13-year-old daughter was in the car at the time and ran to a nearby house to call police.
Wedig ran to another nearby house and asked the homeowner to call him a cab. The homeowner’s daughter, an employee of the Olmsted County jail, happened to stop by to visit her father, became suspicious of Wedig and called police. He was still in the area when officers arrived and took him into custody. Wedig was also identified as the man who tried to steal a car from another residence in the area but was chased off by its owner. Wedig told officers he had taken some heroin earlier in the day and also uses meth.
He was also arraigned Thursday on two felony theft charges, accused of stealing some equipment from a Rochester business.
The criminal complaint says the dentures company paid Wedig to move to Rochester to work as its lab manager in November. He had only been on the job a few weeks when the equipment turned up missing. Police later learned it had been sold to a pawnshop. The equipment has since been recovered.