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Emily Welker, Published April 23 2013

Fargo woman accused of giving man the boot

FARGO – A Fargo woman is facing criminal charges after she allegedly beat her boyfriend unconscious with a boot after he disturbed her sleep, then claimed to police he had threatened her with a knife.

Bonnie Kay Hanson, 36, was charged Monday in Cass County District Court with two Class C felonies – aggravated assault and preventing arrest.

According to charging documents, Hanson called police at 7 a.m. Sunday to report that her boyfriend, Andrew Vivier, had broken into her home at 2616 8th St. N. No. 2. She told police they began fighting, and he put a knife to her neck, police allege in court records.

Court documents allege Hanson later admitted to police there was no knife involved and that she had become upset and yelled at Vivier, who was being loud with two friends while she was trying to sleep.

Vivier grabbed a boot, and Hanson took it from him and hit him in the head with it, police claim in court records. Vivier told police the blow from the boot knocked him out, and when he came to, Hanson hit him again, knocking him out a second time.

One of the friends, Cheyenne Littleghost, told police Hanson also hit him with the boot, at which point Hanson said she was going to call the police. Vivier, Littleghost and a third man then left the apartment.

Court documents say that Hanson refused to get up off the couch and curled her arms, requiring officers to drag her off the couch.

Hanson’s bail was set at $10,000 cash. She is ordered to have no contact with Vivier as part of her bail conditions.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541