Man pleads guilty to assault in Roseville hit-and-run incident

Army recruiter recovering after being dragged nearly a mile

A 52-year-old Minneapolis man pleaded guilty Wednesday to striking two Army recruiters with his vehicle in a Roseville parking lot.

Enrico Darius Taylor entered a guilty plea in Ramsey County District Court to one count of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault in connection with the Sept. 17 incident, which occurred at the Crossroads of Roseville shopping center in the 1600 block of County Road B2.

During the incident, one Army recruiter was bounced onto the vehicle's hood and another was dragged between the vehicle's undercarriage and the pavement roughly three-fourths mile. The victim who was dragged, 42-year-old Staff Sgt. Travis Torgerson, wasn't able to free himself until the vehicle reached Prior Avenue, and Taylor continued to drive away. Torgerson suffered numerous broken bones and received several skin grafts as a result of the incident.

The other Army recruiter who was struck, 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Michael Stroud, was able to walk away from the incident.

The recruiters, who work at the Roseville Army recruitment office at 1649 County Road B2, had just returned to the office from lunch and were in a crosswalk when they were struck, according to the criminal complaint.

Police took Taylor into custody shortly after the incident. According to the criminal complaint, Taylor told police he panicked after hitting the two men because his driver's license was suspended and said he didn't see Torgerson and Stroud crossing the street before hitting them.

“We are pleased with today’s plea where the defendant took responsibility for his criminal conduct and spared any further strain on his victims and their families,” said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi in a statement. “We look forward to the sentencing phase where the defendant will hear directly from those whose lives he greatly harmed through his actions.”

Minnesota court records list a lengthy criminal history for Taylor. He will be sentenced for the most recent charges on Jan. 15 before Judge Judith Tilsen.

The first-degree assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine, and the second-degree charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Alex Holmquist can be reached at aholmquist@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813. Follow her on Twitter @AlexHolmquist.

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