Hillman man charged with felony assault

Roger William Bleichner, Hillman, was charged May 23 with felony second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and third degree assault by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

On March 4, Bleichner, 33, and another man were drinking at a bar and left together in Bleichner’s truck. At some point, the two allegedly got into an argument and the victim asked Bleichner to stop so he could get out of the truck.

As the victim started walking, Bleichner allegedly drove forward and struck the victim with the truck, pushing him into the ditch, and causing him back pain.

Bleichner helped the victim into the truck, they continued driving and arguing. The victim told authorities Bleichner allegedly punched him in the face, causing his mouth to bleed. The victim got out of the vehicle again and called another person for a ride.

The victim later went to the hospital and was told his L5 rib was fractured and he would have to have to return to the hospital for treatment.

When deputies went to Bleichner’s residence about the assault, Bleichner was not at home, but his vehicle was parked in the yard. The criminal complaint said that the officers could plainly see blood spatter on the passenger side windshield of the vehicle.

If convicted, Bleichner faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine for the assault with the truck and five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for the third degree assault.