Man Attacks Wife’s Co-Worker in Her Home
A man has been accused of assault and a number of other charges have been filed, as he attempted to kill his wife’s co-worker with a hammer on January 14.
Johnathan Lee Closner, 26, entered his wife’s home in Zumbrota and started attacking Daniel David Yennie, 20, with a hammer, striking them man twice in the head, according to the complaint.
Closner now faces multiple charges, including two counts of attempted premeditated murder, which are both first-degree offenses, and one count of second-degree attempted murder. He also faces a charge of first-degree burglary and first-degree assault.
Police responded to a call at around 4:45 a.m. in which tey found Yennie unconscious in a bedroom and he was having seizures. They also found a large amount of blood all over the wall and the bed.
Amanda Closner, Closner’s wife, told authorities that she was going through a separation with Jonathan Closner. She said that her estranged husband had learned that she was in a relationship with Yennie and that he had been “upset and all crazy” about the news, according to the complaint.
Police would later find a hammer in the woods near Amanda Closner’s residence.
According to the complaint, Johnathan Closner would later admit to police that he came into the residence using a key that was his and that he took a hammer from a tool box. He said he wanted to scare Yennie with the hammer, but he struck Yennie in the head when he saw the man and his estranged wife in the bedroom together.
Yennie was taken to the hospital by mayo One Helicopter. The Mayo Clinic said that Yennie was in a coma due to suffering significant injury to the left side of his head. He also has bone matter penetrating his brain and swelling on the brain.
Johnathan Closner was arrested on January 15 with formal charges being brought against him late on January 16.
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