Jacob Hughes, Minot, charged with aggravated assault

Jacob Jerome Hughes, 24, Minot, is accused of breaking another man’s nose during an altercation at a party on April 8.

Hughes was reportedly drunk at the time, according to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court.

The other man initially did not want to file charges but then changed his mind and called police. The alleged victim said his nose had been broken when Hughes punched him in the face several times. The other man also had injuries to his eyelid and forehead. The facial injuries required suturing in the emergency room.

The alleged victim told police that he had not struck Hughes. Hughes allegedly became aggressive with the victim because he thought the other man had disrespected him.

A witness told police that the two men got into an argument and a pushing match after Hughes had thrust his pelvis in the other man’s direction earlier that night.

Another witness claimed the alleged victim had been “bickering and putting everyone down that night.”

Hughes reportedly told police that the alleged victim “was being a bully that night” and had pushed him off a chair. Hughes told police he retaliated after the other man pushed him approximately four times. He told police he had asked the other man multiple times to leave him alone before he struck the other man in the face.

Surveillance video showed the two men arguing and Hughes’ hand on the other man’s chest while they are arguing. The other man pushed Hughes away and Hughes then threw about 17 punches, some of them after the other man held his hands up to protect his face and after his hands went down.

The alleged victim did not punch Hughes, according to the affidavit.’

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