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Man Accused of Bias Crime Released, No Charges at this Time

By KBJR News 1

May 30, 2012 Updated May 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- A 19-year-old man who had preliminary charges of 4th Degree Assault, or a bias crime has been released with no charges at this time, according to court administrators.

County Attorneys say that the St. Louis County Sheriffs office will continue their investigation into the incident. Charges are expected soon.

This comes after some witnesses say that Max Pelofske was beaten up by close to 15 people over the weekend, at a party because he is gay.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Department wrapped up their investigation yesterday. The incident that took place on Erickson Road and McKay Road in Kelsey Township, near Independence Township, around 11:00 Saturday night.

The incident took place in a gravel pit in conjunction with a private Proctor High School Graduation Party.

Authorities say that around 50 people were at the party and underage binge drinking was present.

Charges are still pending against the 18-year-old accused of 5th degree assault.

He was released earlier in the week.

We will bring you more details as they become available.

Zach Vavricka

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