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‘My temper got the best of me’: Winona man faces felony charges for beating another man unconscious

February 14, 2019

A 34-year-old Winona man is facing multiple felony charges after police say he broke into a man’s home and beat him unconscious.

Damien Bryant Winn was charged with third-degree assault and two counts of first-degree burglary when he made his first appearance in Winona County District Court on Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a residence on Kraemer Drive after a witness reported finding her roommate in the bathroom bleeding from his nose and a cut to his eye.

At the emergency room, officers learned that Winn reportedly entered the residence unannounced and “blindsided” the man, tackling him to the ground and beating him until he was unconscious, according to the complaint.

There, officers learned that Winn broke the man’s nose and cracked his eye socket, resulting in a detached eye.

A witness who was at the residence at the time of the attack corroborated the account, the complaint said. The witness said Winn “spazzed out.”

When officers later spoke with Winn, he said a woman was supposed to be watching his children, and when he returned home to find them unsupervised, he went looking for her.

“My temper got the best of me this time,” Winn reportedly told officers.

Winn is being held on a $5,000 conditional bond, with the option of posting a $50,000 bond without conditions. As part of the condition of his release, Winn has been ordered to remain law-abiding and not to have any contact with the man. His next court date is Feb. 22.