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Hearing set to move juvenile to adult court for downtown assault

BEMIDJI -- A hearing will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, to determine whether or not a juvenile will be charged as an adult after allegedly assaulting a man in broad daylight downtown.  

Beltrami County prosecutors filed a motion to upgrade the assault charge out of juvenile court on Jan. 3, arguing the offense would be considered a felony if committed by an adult and that keeping the case in juvenile court “does not serve public safety.”

According to the complaint, the juvenile approached the victim outside the Elks Lodge downtown and asked for money on Sunday, Dec. 30. After the man declined, the juvenile followed him into the stairwell entryway of the Elks Lodge, where a security camera was recording.

After a brief exchange of words, the juvenile assaulted the man. The man pushed back. At one point, the man fell, and the juvenile proceeded to stomp on him repeatedly. The juvenile was later found and arrested at a residence.

Before the adult certification hearing, there will be a probable cause hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 15. According to Beltrami County Court Administration, the hearings will not be confidential since the juvenile is older than 16 and has been accused of a felony-level offense. However, the judge has discretion to close the hearings to the public if he or she so chooses.

In addition to the assault, the juvenile has been charged with minor consumption and obstructing the legal process.

Jordan Shearer

Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa

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