Charges increased in Army recruiter-dragging case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man accused of dragging a U.S. Army recruiter with his SUV is facing more serious charges.

Fifty-two-year-old Enrico Darius Taylor is now charged with one count each of first- and second-degree assault in the Sept. 20 incident.

Taylor initially was charged with criminal vehicular operation in Ramsey Count court.

Taylor is accused of dragging Sgt. Travis Torgerson underneath his Jeep after accidentally hitting Torgerson and his colleague Sgt. Michael Stroud as the two made their way back from lunch to their recruiting office in Roseville.

Stroud was thrown over the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. Torgerson’s foot was stuck in the axle, and he was dragged nearly three-quarters of a mile.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/HfSgVa ) reports Torgerson remains hospitalized.

Taylor remains in the Ramsey County Jail.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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