Not guilty plea entered in Rochester assault case

Sharif Elkarib
Sharif Elkarib

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A not guilty plea has been entered to charges in an apparent fight over cigarettes.

25-year-old Sharif Abbas Elkarib of Rochester is pleading not guilty to 3rd degree and 5th degree assault.  He was arrested on July 19 after police say Elkarib gave another man a bloody lip, a knocked out tooth and a possibly fractured jaw.

Police say Elkarib knew his alleged victim and the beating grew out of a disagreement over cigarettes.

His trial is now set for January 9.

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