Joshua Scoggins, Tolleson, Ariz., accused of assaulting boss

Joshua Troy Scoggins, 41, Tolleson, Ariz., is accused of knocking his employer unconscious on Saturday.

Scoggins is charged with Class C felony aggravated assault in district court in Minot.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Scoggins and the other man had been drinking in the hotel bar at the Comfort Suites and Scoggins said his boss got into an argument with someone else who was drinking at the bar. Scoggins prevented his boss from escalating the argument further and the two men walked out of the bar to near the front desk. Scoggins told police that the other man threatened him physically and he punched him once with a closed fist.

The other man was taken to the hospital and required 10 staples to close a wound in the back of his head. The other man told police he could not remember anything that had happened and the last thing he remembered was buying a beer at the hotel bar.

Scoggins told Judge Richard Hagar in court on Monday that he has no prior criminal record and doesn’t want this one on his record either. He told the judge he is in North Dakota to work two jobs. He promised he will make all his court appearances.

The alleged victim of the assault is one of his employers, Scoggins said.

“That could make it difficult for you,” commented Hagar, if Scoggins hopes to hang on to that job.

Scoggins explains that he has another job as well.

Hagar set bond at $3,000 and required Scoggins to post 10 percent, or $300. If he fails to make any of his court appearances, he would be charged the full $2,700.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 4.