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Chris Beiri, Forum Communications, Published May 09 2012

Third man arrested in Grand Forks break-in

GRAND FORKS - The third man charged in a violent break-in of a Grand Forks mobile home was arrested late Tuesday morning, according to police.

Cody Boulduc, 24, of Grand Forks was captured “without incident” in a Grand Forks apartment after police learned he was staying there, said Lt. Jim Remer.

Police allege that Boulduc and two other men broke into the home of Carmen and Sherman Jones on April 30. They beat both residents with clubs, killed their Chihuahua “Baby” and stole two televisions, jewelry, a small safe and prescription drugs.

Allen Ratfliff, 28, Grafton, N.D., and his brother, Nathan Ratliff, 27, Fargo, were arrested last week.

All three are in the Grand Forks County jail facing charges of robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, felonious restraint and theft of property.

The Ratliff brothers also face a number of drug charges after being arrested in an unrelated vehicle stop following the robbery.

A security camera above the door of the home recorded the break-in by the three men, who police said demanded drugs and money. Sherman Jones was treated and released from Altru Hospital for injuries from the attack. Carmen Jones was injured but not hospitalized.

Police haven’t yet determined who killed the dog, one of five Chihuahua’s the Jones’ owned, Remer said.

Police also haven’t established if there was a prior relationship between the alleged robbers and the victims, he said.