Kindred man arrested after his 2nd standoff in the last 6 monthsKindred, ND (WDAY TV) - Neighbors in Kindred are growing more concerned, after another armed standoff involving the same man. 40-year old Robert Bodin, Jr. faces charges of domestic violence and interfering with a 9-1-1 call. The charges come from the latest incident.
By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY
This is the second time in six months authorities have arrested Bodin. Both times, he's accused of assaulting his wife. Both times, it led to armed standoffs. Now neighbors say they fear for their lives after the history of threats.
Elm Street in the small town of Kindred is known for it's peacefulness, but in the past half a year, it's anything but quiet.
MARLYS BERGENE - Bodin's Neighbor: “Typically, you feel more secure and it's an awakening.
At 12:45 this afternoon, armed local and federal authorities arrived at this house, next to longtime homeowner Marlys Bergene.
MARLYS BERGENE - Bodin's Neighbor: “I thought here we go again.”
They didn't know what to expect. A fight between Robert Bodin and his wife Gerrie, had turned even more serious. He had a hunting knife and machete. After an hour and a half standoff, Bodin cooperated on the phone.
SGT. MITCH BURRIS - Cass County Sheriff's Department: “We're happy this was resolved the way it was and he walked out on his own and surrendered. It's the outcome we were looking for.”
Authorities are familiar with Bodin. It was just last October, when he held them at bay for 12 hours during another armed standoff, this time with a gun. The SWAT team had to use tear gas to get him to surrender. We spoke with his wife then.
GERRIE BODIN - Suspect's Wife: "Every time I spoke with him, he said that this is the day he had to die."
Bodin pleaded guilty to domestic assault and preventing arrest in that case. He was sentenced to one year in jail with time served: Just 23 days.
MARLYS BERGENE - Bodin's Neighbor: “I keep trying to convince myself it's an internal dispute but when it's that close to your home, I have some doubts about whether my position is totally secure anymore.”
Authorities did not call in the SWAT team or evacuate homes this time. There were no hostages. As part of Bodin's probation, he was to get a psychological evaluation and stay on medication. We don't know if that happened.
We made Cass County attorneys aware of Bodin's arrest. Although abuse crimes involving the same suspect are common, they say a second standoff is not.
State's Attorney Birch Burdick tells WDAY 6 News, although his office hasn't received the report, one possibility is revoking Bodin's probation from the last standoff.
BIRCH BURDICK - Cass County State's Attorney: “So it's a little premature right now to say what we would do under the circumstances here, but certainly that's an opportunity. He had three years of supervised probation and I doubt it got ended early, not this kind of early and so I presume that that's something we would consider at a time we have the chance to review the reports.”
Prosecutors plan to again talk with Bodin's wife to see what she wants to happen.