Man Charged with Assaulting Two in Lakeville with Hunting Knife

Randall James Thole faces two felony charges of second-degree assault.

A Farmington man has been charged with assault after police say he punched a woman last weekend in Lakeville, attacked a man who tried to come to her aid and then threatened both of them with a hunting knife.

Randall James Thole, 50, faces two felony charges of second-degree assault, each of which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.

Thole remained in the Dakota County Jail Wednesday on a $250,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled for Aug. 22 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.

According to the criminal complaint, Lakeville police responded to an apartment building about 1 a.m. Sunday after someone reported an assault with a weapon.

A man at the apartment complex told police that he was outside the building when he heard a woman screaming, “No, Randy! No, Randy!” He ran to the other side of his vehicle and found Thole punching the woman against the car, he said.

The witness began punching and pushing Thole to get him off the woman, and Thole punched him in the chest, he told police. The witness told Thole he needed to leave, and Thole “took off,” he said.

The witness said the female victim was calling 911 and screaming for someone to get the key. He told police that he had put the key into a second door to get inside the apartment complex when Thole appeared, swinging a large hunting knife with an 8- to 10-inch blade.

Thole swung the knife in the direction of the man’s stomach, and when he jumped away, Thole swung the knife at the woman’s stomach, according to the complaint.

The witness said he jumped on Thole and was able to wrestle the knife away from him, shove him outside the door and help the woman back inside the apartment building.

During the altercation, Thole threatened repeatedly to kill the woman, reported the witness, who suffered injuries on his abdomen and his arm from trying to wrest the knife away from Thole.

The female victim suffered cuts to her shoulder, hand and abdomen and was taken to the hospital in serious condition because of blood loss, the complaint says. Doctors applied sutures and staples to treat her arm and abdominal injuries.

Thole’s criminal record includes convictions for assault, criminal damage to property, burglary, domestic assault and possession of tear gas by an ineligible person.

B. Gabriella Mun. P. August 16, 2011 at 07:40 AM
This guy have 5 charges more for sex Asalt with a girl ( 14 years ) Randy go in the same day Saturday with the girl and later come and watching me because Randy want killer me.. Now this guy have 8 charges, but is more because I call police much times, Randy brock orden not contact with me .
B. Gabriella Mun. P. August 16, 2011 at 07:58 AM
This guy lie and lie all the time, is sick , I not understand why the system or the people in the court or Jail never see "" RANDALL J. THOLE "" is danger in the street, Randall have a looooong criminal record. Somebody can say me why in internet the system not put the pictures the dangerous guys???? and why the service not is free ?? I need pay for information !!!! OMG..
Norma August 18, 2011 at 05:51 PM
When you find something badly this is what happens, no one but the people involved in this kind of problem knows the truth, only what they and God, I hope and allan learned something from this situation,
Terry Elliott August 21, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Seems like a good case study for a) harsher penalties for repeat violent offenders and b) concealed carry.
BABYGIRL August 14, 2012 at 04:14 AM
BABYGIRL August 14, 2012 at 04:17 AM
people can say what they wAnt but it just doesnt seem righ! i mean by all means if he is guilty he should be punished but randy? really?
Thole January 18, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Randall thole is my 2nd cousin, never met him but family is family Soo fuck all you naw sayers
Thole January 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM
"Thole In the Hole" Hahaha StaB A couple million times LOL


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