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Forum staff reports, Published June 01 2013

Eight felonies filed in Wahpeton attack

WAHPETON, N.D. – A 20-year-old man accused of attacking a store clerk here on Wednesday was charged with eight felonies Friday.

Christopher Brent Yellow Earrings of Wahpeton was charged in Richland County District Court with six counts of felonious restraint along with one count each of reckless endangerment and preventing arrest.

All eight charges are class C felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

According to court documents, Yellow Earrings entered the Family Dollar store on Dakota Avenue around 8 p.m. and forced six people into a back room, threatening them with a scissors. He then blocked the door to prevent them from leaving.

When police arrived, they found the store clerk on the floor and Yellow Earrings trying to saw at her neck with a scissors, the complaint said. Officers used a stun gun on Yellow Earrings before arresting him, documents said.

Police Chief Scott Thorsteinson said one officer received minor injuries from the scuffle.

An attorney was not yet listed for Yellow Earrings, but Richland County State’s Attorney Ron McBeth said Yellow Earrings requested a public defender Friday afternoon.

Bail was set at $50,000 cash.