MANKATO (TEC News), May 12 – 20-year-old Philip Nelson, former Gopher football player, made his initial appearance in court this afternoon for the assault of 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad. Attorney James Fleming requested for little to no bail for Nelson so he can continue his education at Rutgers University and attend football practices and games. Judge Bradley Walker set bail at $20,000 with conditions of signing an extradition waiver to leave the state as well as attend all court hearings among other things. Nelson is currently facing 1st-degree and 3rd-degree assault causing bodily harm.
The criminal complaint indicates that the altercation came after an argument between Nelson and Kolstad about someone hitting on Nelson’s girlfriend. Kolstad was seen in surveillance footage hitting Nelson in the back when a third unknown suspect approached the scene. The suspect being sought, punched Kolstad in the face knocking him out in the downtown area near the parking ramp. Nelson was observed kicking Kolstad in the head once or possibly twice before walking away. Nelson was arrested when officers arrived.
The unknown suspect who first punched Kolstad is being sought by police. He was wearing a red shirt and jeans and seen fleeing the scene. A white 4-door late model vehicle, possibly a GM was seen parked in front of Kolstad lying on the ground. Those witnesses or anyone that saw this incident is asked to report anything to officials by calling 911. Surveillance footage and photos are available. Kolstad is currently listed in critical condition at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. His family asks for their privacy to be respected, but appreciates all the support they’re receiving. Surveillance 1 Survaillance 2