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UPDATE: Minnesota man charged after post-game brawl

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Mark Swanson
Mark Swanson

ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - On the heels of a brawl outside of Lambeau Field following the Packers-Vikings game, a Minnesota man has been charged with battery and disorderly conduct for his role in the melee.

Up to 30 fans were involved in a fight outside of Sidelines Sports Bar in Ashwaubenon, when authorities were called around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

A 50-year-old man, who was apparently trying to break up the fight, was knocked out and sent to the hospital.

According to the criminal complaint, a group of Packers and Vikings fans were exchanging words outside of the bar when a man tried to calm the two groups down. 

That's when police say 40-year-old Mark Swanson of Lakeland, Minnesota hit the man in the parking lot. Swanson is due back in court December 21st.  

Police say the victim, identified in court documents as Paul Hrubesky of Green Bay, was on the ground bleeding.

"We don't know how many people were exactly involved in it, but two people were arrested, one person transported to the hospital for medical treatment,” said Eric Dunning, Ashwaubenon Public Safety Chief.

Dunning says witnesses told them the 50-year-old Hrubesky injured in the fight was blindsided while trying to break up a dispute between two other men, Swanson from Minnesota and another man from Green Bay.

"He is what we'd call an innocent bystander. He was trying to be a Good Samaritan,” said Dunning.

Court documents say after Paul Hrubesky was hit, Swanson took off. He was arrested behind K-Mart a short time later.

The other man involved in the dispute, Shawn Hrubesky, from Green Bay was arrested at the scene accused of disorderly conduct.   

Dunning added that the problem is broader than this one incident.

“That is a concern and it is a public safety concern. There are rivalries out there and there is chest thumping and a lot of bantering back and forth. But this is unusual,” said Dunning.

Dunning says another man needed medical attention after he was struck along Armed Forces Drive at about 5 p.m. Sunday.

In total, he says his department had 12 disturbance calls after the game from 3:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Green Bay police report two drug-related arrests and 15 ejections for misconduct from inside the stadium.

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