A 28-year-old northwest Minnesota man is hospitalized after a brutal assault Sunday night in Mahnomen.

Sheriff Doug Krier says Brian Tito Smith was transferred by life flight to a Fargo Area Hospital, after he was beaten by assailants, doused with gasoline and set on fire. The assault happened in the garage at a Mahnomen residence.

Officers were called to the home just before midnight.

It is believed three men were involved in the assault, leaving the scene in Smith’s 2018 Ford F-150. the pickup found yesterday morning on a snowmobile trail near the Mahnomen/Clearwater County line.

The case remains under investigation by Mahnomen County Authorities and the White Earth Police.

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