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(MANKATO, Minn.) — A second man has been arrested in connection with the beating of former Minnesota State football player Isaac Kolstad early Sunday that left Kolstad “fighting for life” with severe head injuries.

A spokeswoman for the city of Mankato, Minnesota, where the alleged beating occurred, said a second suspect is in custody in connection with the assault.

Police said Monday they were searching for an unidentified man in a red shirt and jeans who was seen on surveillance video running from the scene after the incident and is believed to have delivered a blow to Kolstad that knocked him to the ground. Authorities have not yet confirmed this is the man that is now in custody.

Police already announced the arrest of Philip Nelson, 20, a former University of Minnesota football player who transferred to Rutgers University this year. Rutgers announced Tuesday they have dismissed him from the team.

“The Rutgers football family’s thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family,” Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood said in a statement.

According to details in the arrest report, Nelson and Kolstad were arguing in the street outside of downtown Mankato bars early Sunday morning over Nelson’s girlfriend. Kolstad allegedly punched Nelson in the back and then was punched by the unknown man in the red shirt. Nelson then allegedly walked over and kicked Kolstad in the head twice.

Police found Kolstad unresponsiveness lying on the street and called an ambulance. He was rushed to the hospital and listed in critical condition with serious brain injuries.

Nelson was arraigned Monday.

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