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.