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St. Paul man sentenced for assaulting woman in fast food drive-thru

On Thursday, a 45-year-old man was given an 18-month jail term for stabbing a man at the same St. Paul Burger King drive-through where he attacked a 70-year-old lady for not bringing her vehicle ahead.

According to the criminal complaint filed against him on June 27 for first-degree attempted aggravated robbery and third-degree assault, Jason John Morales attempted to “yank her out of the vehicle window” by grabbing her by the hair on the back of her head.

The lady had a “quite substantial area” of hair removed from the back of her head, according to the complaint.

Morales, of St. Paul, reached a plea deal with prosecutors on September 26 and pled guilty to third-degree assault in return for the robbery charge being dropped at the sentence.

He was on probation for a 2019 conviction of stabbing a man in the stomach and chest at the Burger King located at 695 E. Seventh St. on the day of the June 26 incident.

The most recent victim reported to police in St. Paul that she was urged to pull forward by Burger King workers so that they could take her order. Then Morales swooped up to the rear window to join her. After waiting for a while, he finally ordered the lady to get up. According to her account, she told him that she had been instructed to pull forward to wait and that he could easily get past her vehicle.

When Morales tried to get inside the woman’s vehicle, he was unable and instead reached in, grabbed her by the hair on the back of her head, and attempted to “yank her out of the automobile window,” as the accusations put it. He left the lot in his car.

A criminal complaint filed in February 2019 states that Morales and a man aged 36 got into an argument at the Listening House drop-in homeless shelter, which then continued at a neighboring Burger King. An eyewitness said that Morales was the one who started everything.

An attorney representing Morales asked for a dispositional departure after his client pled guilty to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. District Judge Robert Awsumb of Ramsey County, Minnesota, in July 2019 sentenced Morales to 21 months in jail and suspended the time in exchange for five years of probation with various conditions, including that he remain crime-free.

Court Mitchell imposed Morales’s suspended 21-month sentence during the plea hearing for the most recent case in September, and he was then sent to the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud, where he appeared before the judge via Zoom on Thursday. These two sentences will be executed simultaneously.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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