Elderly Man Injured After Stopping Domestic Assault at HyVee

Posted at: 03/12/2014 10:29 AM

Michael Bunnell
Michael Bunnell
Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center

(ABC 6 News) – A 20 year-old Rochester man was arrested for dragging a woman into his car, then punching a man in the face for trying to stop it.

This was just before noon Monday at the HyVee Parking lot off of Crossroads Drive in Rochester. Police say multiple people witnessed 20-year-old  Michael Bunnell dragging an 18-year-old woman in the parking lot and forcing her in a car. A 76-year-old Rochester man witnessed this and tried to stop Bunnell from driving off. Police say Bunnell punched that man in the face and threw him to the ground

Though originally thought to be a possible kidnapping, police later believed this was more of a domestic incident.  Bunnell has been arrested for 5th degree assault. The 76-year-old was hospitalized for hip and face injuries.