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Lindon Roy Knutson

Bemidji man charged in assault at Willmar area church

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WILLMAR -- Lindon Roy Knutson, 61, of Bemidji, is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree assault, aggravated robbery and theft for allegedly beating and robbing a 73-year-old woman Tuesday afternoon at Crow River Lutheran Church.

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According to Sheriff Dan Hartog, deputies were dispatched around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday to the rural Belgrade church, located along U.S. Highway in northern Kandiyohi County.

The woman was taken by private party to Paynesville Hospital, where she remained Wednesday.

The Sheriff's Office issued a description, based on the victim's statement, of Knutson and his vehicle statewide to law enforcement agencies.

Around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, the Cosmos chief of police located the vehicle, which was later stopped for a traffic violation. Knutson was taken into custody after further investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

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