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Moorhead man pleads guilty to 2 felonies for assault, threats

Jay Rurup

MOORHEAD — A Moorhead man pleaded guilty to two charges in an incident in which he threatened his neighbor with a knife, threatened a woman and forced the woman back to his residence, Chief Assistant Clay County Attorney Pamela Harris said Monday, April 16.

Harris said Jay Dean Rurup, 30, pleaded guilty in Clay County District Court to two felony charges: assault in the second degree with a dangerous weapon for threatening his neighbor with a knife, and threats of violence with a reckless disregard for risk for threatening to kill his girlfriend.

Sentencing was set for May 30.

According to court documents:

About 2 a.m. on Jan. 26, officers were called to the 1800 block of Belsly Boulevard to check on a disturbance. When they arrived, they were told Rurup had entered a neighbor's residence and threatened the occupants with a knife while looking for his girlfriend.

Rurup then forced the unnamed woman to go back to his residence at knifepoint, striking her several times, the documents said.

Police initially reported that they could hear yelling coming from Rurup's residence and that they tried to contact him. Rurup slammed the door of the home shut, and a woman opened it and ran out past officers, police said.

A knife matching the description given by the neighbor was found on top of Rurup's refrigerator.

Officers reported that Rurup would not follow instructions and had to be stunned with a Taser several times before he could be taken into custody.

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.

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