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Suspect could be charged today with Wal-Mart assaults

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The Beltrami County Attorney's Office is considering charges against a man accused of assaulting two men Tuesday evening at Wal-Mart. He also is suspected of theft and damaging property.

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He is scheduled to be charged by 11 a.m. today, according to the County Attorney's Office.

According to the police report, an assault was reported at 7:28 p.m. Tuesday at Wal-Mart. The incident allegedly began when a man attempted to leave the store and set off the security alarms. When the associate asked to see the man's receipt, he allegedly struck the employee on the left side of his face, dislodging some of his teeth.

As the suspect left the store, two nearby men followed him, planning to keep him in sight until police arrived.

Then, reportedly without provocation, the suspect allegedly turned on one of them, punching him in the face.

The other man, an off-duty police officer with the Brainerd Police Department, kept his distance while also keeping the suspect in his sight until police arrived; he also borrowed a radio from a Wal-Mart associate to communicate with store employees.

The suspect reportedly tried to initiate a fight with the man, but he stayed back.

Upon officers' arrival, they saw a man running across the parking lot. He allegedly got on top of a Lexus and jumped up and down on its hood until it buckled.

Meanwhile, the Bemidji Fire Department and North Country First Responders were offering medical aid to the second victim, who reportedly had a cut on his face and a broken nose. He was treated at North Country Regional Hospital and released.

Police reportedly told the suspect to get on his knees, and he did, but he then refused to comply with officers' orders to lie on the ground. The suspect began to reach into one of his pockets and police tased him, according to the police report.

The suspect was allegedly attempting to steal $531.45 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart. Store officials reportedly asked police to charge the man with theft.

Due to the damage done to the Lexus, the suspect also could be charged with damage to property.

When police spoke with the suspect after the incident, according to the report, the suspect said he did not remember anything and was scared that he had done something wrong.

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