Cindarion De'Angelo Butler
Co. Atty. Complaint No.:
Court File No.:
Page: 3 of 9 V. 8/07
STATEMENT OF PROBABLE CAUSE
Petitioner states that the following facts establish probable cause: On August 4, 2013, at approximately 23:40 hours, St. Paul police officer Dan Michener was in his squad leaving the East District Office located at Payne and Reaney Avenues in St. Paul, Ramsey County, when he was hailed by a man who told him that there was a large fight going on in the street nearby. Officer Michener drove to the area of Minnehaha and Payne. There were approximately 40-50 juveniles and young adults in the area. Many of whom ran as he approached in his squad car. He saw a male on ground. His legs and arms were spread out and he was lying on his back. His pants were off and his shirt torn. He had blood coming from his nose and mouth and was unresponsive. Medics were called to the scene. The man, later identified as R.D.W., age 26 yrs, was taken to Regions hospital. He was admitted and found to have severe and potentially fatal brain swelling. As of August 8
, the prognosis for recovery is slight and should he live, he will suffer permanent and protracted loss of brain function. St. Paul police officers assisting Officer Michener, identified several persons who were present in the vicinity where R.D.W. was found. Among the persons interviewed by homicide detectives, was a young woman (witness 1) who told police that she had been present at a party at an address of Preble near Minnehaha Ave. in St. Paul on August 4. She described that some girls at the party started fighting outside and that everyone went outside to watch the fight. She saw numerous people from the party fighting. While this was happening, a y
oung white male walked into the crowd. She described seeing a person she identified as “Bay Bay” hit the man
to the head, knocking him down. She saw the man hit the ground hard and his head was bleeding. A second man that she described as having short dreads, wearing a white T-shirt began hitting and stomping on the man.
Another man began pulling the man’s pants off.
Witness 1 said that the man was hit and beaten for no reason. She believed that the young males hitting, beating and stripping the man were either East Side Boyz or Ham Crazy because she kept hearing them say East Side Boyz or H and M.
Witness 1 identified the person who first struck R.D.W. as “Bay
Bay”. “Bay Bay” has been identified as
C.R, a juvenile male. C.R. was arrested in connection with the assault, beating and robbery of R.D.W. on August 7
, 2013. Having been given the Miranda Advisory, C.R. admitted that he was at the party but denied having knowledge of any fights. He stated that he was maced and heard a bunch of yelling. On the night of the incident, he was wearing a black shirt. He denied assaulting a man. He also denied having a Facebook page and having a nickname. Witness 1 was also shown a photo taken from a bus video which was recorded on August 4, 2013. Upon review o
f the photo, she identified the male in the photo as the person who was jumping on the man’s face. This male
was later identified as
CINDARION DE’ANGELO BUTLER
, d.o.b. 11/05/1996. Cindarion Butler was arrested in connection with the assault, beating and robbery of R.D.W. on August 7, 2013. Having been given the Miranda Advisory, Cindarion Butler denied being present at the party. He claimed that he was home on the night of this incident. Sgt. Paul Dunnom showed him the still photo taken from a bus video recorded on August 4, 2013. He denied being the male in the photo. Sgt. Dunnom, however, observed that he strongly resembled the physical descriptions of the male in the photo, and that the pants he had on matched the pants worn by the male in the pho
to. Specifically, Sgt. Dunnom observed that Cindarion Butler’s pants cut off just below the knee
and there was a tear in the pants at the right knee that matched the pants in the photo. In a subsequent interview