4 face charges of attempted murder in southeast Minnesota

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4 face charges of attempted murder in southeast Minnesota

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HAMMOND, Minn. — Three men and a woman — the wife of one of the men — have been charged with attempted murder after two people were beaten with baseball bats in Hammond, Minn.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Wabasha County in southeast Minnesota, about 3:30 a.m. Sept. 7, Wabasha County dispatch received a call indicating a fire in Hammond. Officers were dispatched to the scene, but could not find a fire. However, Wabasha County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Cole went to a residence with lights on and spoke to Zachary Lutzke, who identified the phone number used to make the call about the fire as belonging to his boss, identified as Victim 1 in the complaint.

This led investigators on a path through several witnesses, said Chief Deputy James Warren, over the course of four or five days to determine what had happened.

According to Warren and the criminal complaint, sometime in the late hours of Sept. 6 or early hours of Sept. 7, several individuals with baseball bats attacked Victim 1 and Victim 2. Several witnesses — including the brother of Victim 2 and Lutzke’s sister — said Joshua Daniel Larson, 40, of Millville, Minn., and “his crew” attacked the victims with baseball bats.

According to Lutzke’s sister, who was not named in the complaint, Daniel Walter Luhmann, 50, of Hammond, swung a bat first, then Larson and others began swinging bats at the victims. At one point, Larson took Victim 1’s cellphone.

Detectives interviewed the second victim in the hospital where his injuries included a broken jaw, broken cheekbone, fractured eye socket and skull fractures, bruises and scrapes. The victim identified the assailants as Larson and his wife, Stephanie Lucille Larson.

The victim also saw a man, later identified as Elliott Bertram Glamm, 50, of Elgin, Minn., who participated in the altercation.

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