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Forum staff reports, Published April 21 2012

MSUM, Concordia send alerts about assault

MOORHEAD – A 35-year-old man was arrested early Friday on suspicion of fifth-degree domestic assault charges after an argument with his girlfriend and her adult son sparked a scare near Concordia College and Moorhead State University.

Michael John Beaulieu was arrested at his residence in the 1100 block of 12th Street South at about 12:50 a.m. Police were originally called to the residence about six hours earlier and told an unknown man had tried to break into the home and assaulted the homeowner. That prompted officers to set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and deploy a police dog team to comb the area for the suspect. Text and email alerts were sent across both Concordia and MSUM campuses. The suspect was not believed to be a threat to the public, but it is customary for the police to alert the campuses of nearby incidents.

Police say the suspect, Beaulieu, wasn’t a stranger to the homeowner, but the live-in boyfriend of a woman who lives there. The woman and Beaulieu were arguing, and her adult son tried to remove Beaulieu from the home.

The son was assaulted and sustained minor injuries. A follow-up message to the campuses last night said the manhunt had been called off and there was no threat at large.