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Minnesota man accused of assaulting woman in camper at sales lot

Timothy Youngquist

CROOKSTON, Minn.—A Crookston man faces 20 years in prison after police say he assaulted a woman before barricading himself in a camper at an RV retailer.

Timothy Byron Youngquist, 59, appeared Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Polk County Court on a first-degree felony charge of burglary and a fifth-degree misdemeanor charge of assault.

The woman was staying with Youngquist in the camper that was for sale at Leisureland RV in East Grand Forks. He is accused of waking her, ripping off her shirt and dumping a drink on her head, according to court documents. He then hit her before putting his hand over her mouth so she couldn't breathe, court documents state. She was bloodied and bruised when she contacted police, court documents said.

East Grand Forks police found Youngquist in the camper, which he had attempted to buy, but it was repossessed because his check bounced.

Officers made contact with Youngquist through the back window of the camper, but he barricaded himself in the camper. The standoff lasted more than an hour before he was arrested.

His alcohol blood content after the incident was 0.297 percent, court documents said.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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