Vikings RB King Jailed, Accused of Seriously Injuring Man in Fight
By: Chris Long
Minnesota Vikings running back Caleb King was arrested and jailed in Anoka County overnight Friday, accused of breaking a man's face and skull in an early morning fight at a house party.
According to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, King faces possible charges of 3rd Degree Assault - Substantial Bodily Harm. He has not yet been formally charged, as a decision is pending from the Anoka County Attorney's Office early next week.
The police report, obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, says King assaulted a man while the two were at woman's birthday party in the 3400 block of 192nd Avenue NW in Oak Grove. King and the victim were invited guests to the party.
The victim, a 22-year old man, is hospitalized with a fractures to his skull and face. The cuts required 50 stitches to close. He may also have a brain injury.
Details of the incident are described as follows in the police report:
King was upset after the victim teased him about looking like a celebrity. After the victim went outside to wait for a ride home, King followed him and struck him in the face.
The victim then locked himself in a car and called 911, but King opened another door and dragged the man out.
King struck the man several more times, and threw him to the ground head-first.
Now injured, the victim was assisted into the house by the homeowners who refused his request to place another call to 911. They said they would instead drop him off at his home.
Police received the victim's initial 911 call made from the car outside, but since there was nobody on the line they used GPS tracking to locate the call and sent an officer to the address.
An Anoka County Sheriff's deputy arrived at the home, but was told that there was nothing wrong and that nobody needed assistance. The report says the person who spoke with the deputy had knowledge that the victim was inside the house with serious injuries.
The victim was eventually taken to the hospital, where he remains in serious condition.
King was later arrested without incident, and denies the story. King claims the victim simply fell to the ground while the two were talking.
Bail information is not currently available.
King scored a preseason touchdown against the Houston Texans, but has not logged any stats in the regular season after signing as a free agent last August.
King was on the Vikings practice squad most of the 2011 season.
A Vikings team spokesman says Leslie Frazier or Rick Spielman will address King's arrest in their post-draft press conference later Saturday.