What's Up Lounge knife attacker ruled incompetent

Dosman Charles

MANKATO — The Mankato man charged with slashing several people with a knife during a crowded event at the What's Up Lounge in June has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Dosman Charles, 26, was charged with three felony counts of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon in Blue Earth County District Court.

Charles told police he was trying to choke people to death but ended up slashing them because he didn't realize he was wielding a 4- to 6-inch knife, according to the criminal complaint.

He also told police he did not believe he could harm them because they are angels and he is "the devil."

Witnesses' testimony said Charles was acting "creepy" before his attack. They said he eventually stepped behind a man near the stage and attempted to slash his throat. Another man stopped him by grabbing his arm. Witnesses said Charles then began wildly slashing at the fleeing crowd, injuring several people.

A judge had ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation, which ruled he was incompetent to stand trial. At the request of the prosecution, the judge ruled in November that Charles' charges be suspended for three years. 

The next step will involve the judge filing to have Charles committed. If he is eventually deemed competent within the three-year period, his case will resume. Otherwise, his charges will be dismissed at the end of the three years.

He was in the Blue Earth County Jail.

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