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Emily Welker, Published November 06 2013

Fargo man accused of running over cop tells girlfriend he should have killed him

FARGO – Court documents filed with criminal charges against a man accused of running over a Fargo police officer state the man told his girlfriend in a jailhouse phone call that he should have killed the officer who was injured in the incident.

Jack Michael Christensen, 49, was charged Wednesday in Cass County District Court with assault while fleeing a police officer, a Class B felony; Class A counts of aggravated assault with a weapon and failure to perform duty in an injury accident; and one count of aggravated assault, a Class C felony.

Court documents state that Cass County Jail officials recorded a telephone call Tuesday from Christensen to his girlfriend, Tina Haws. He told her he should have killed 25-year-old Fargo police Officer Brent Malone, saying he did not want to go back to prison, documents state.

Documents state jail officials recorded another phone call from Christensen to his mother. In it, Christensen said he ran over the police officer who approached his van Monday night at the Busy Bubbles Laundromat because he did not want to talk to him.

Court documents state Christensen also told his mother he was surprised the charges didn’t include attempted murder. He plans to take the case to trial, he told his mother, adding, “Five years max.”

Sunday stabbing

Christensen was arrested by Fargo police Tuesday morning at his apartment at 1315 8th Ave. N., on their second trip there in three days. They were called there Sunday night on a report of a stabbing.

According to court documents, officers were dispatched to the northside apartment at 1:53 a.m. Sunday and spoke with several witnesses at a grocery store parking lot south of the address. Zackorie Schroder was being treated for a knife wound to the head.

A witness, Makayla Badar, told officers the group had been at her home at 2402 17th St. S. when she tried to intervene after Christensen, who is dating her mother, Tina Haws, was being disrespectful to Haws.

Badar told officers that Christensen punched her in the jaw, picked her up by the throat and held her in the air, cutting off her air supply. Christensen then left for his apartment on Eighth Avenue North.

Badar told officers her live-in boyfriend, Schroder, drove them to Christensen’s apartment to pick up her mother’s belongings. As Haws was leaving, Christensen stabbed Schroder in the head with a 6-inch-long serrated bread knife. The three ran, and Christensen left the apartment.

String of charges

Court documents state that the next day about 7:04 p.m., Malone spotted Christensen’s van at the Busy Bubbles at 2102 12th St. N., pulled his squad car in, and got out of the car to talk to Christensen.

That’s when Christensen turned on his lights, stepped on the gas and hit Malone, leaving him lying on the ground as he squealed out of the parking lot. Malone’s partner provided first aid.

Cass County prosecutors and Fargo police say they discussed the case and agreed that the aggravated assault and other charges were appropriate, although prosecutors said they could not comment on their impressions of the evidence.

Wednesday’s charges are the latest in a string of criminal charges filed against Christensen. He has convictions that stretch back to the early 1990s.

“We’ve been after this guy for 30 years,” said Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel.

Vettel said Malone has declined to comment on the case at this time.

Malone has been released from Sanford Medical Center, and posted on his Facebook page that he is alive and well.

Christensen’s bail was set at $250,000. His next court appearance is set for Dec. 4. His public defender, Monty Mertz, could not be reached for comment.

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Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541