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UPDATE: Beltrami County corrections officers assaulted

BEMIDJI -- An inmate in the Beltrami County Jail assaulted two corrections officers this morning.

Nakayland James Yost, 20, of Laporte inflicted minor injuries on Corrections Sgt. Robert Exner and officer Anthony Olson at approximately 9:06 a.m., according to a release from the Beltrami County. Exner was transported to Sanford Emergency Room where he was treated and released for his injuries.


Exner and Olson were in the process of moving Yost within the jail facility when he became combative, the release said.

Yost was arrested Feb. 20 on a warrant for disorderly conduct and damage to property charges stemming from an incident in March 2013. His criminal history also includes a third-degree damage to property in Hubbard County in August. Today is Yost’s 20th birthday.

The incident is being investigated by the Bemidji Police Department and pending review by the Beltrami County Attorneys Office for criminal charges.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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