Brent Castleman arrested for criminal trespassing, assaulting a police officer

Published: Feb. 28, 2020 at 4:30 PM CST
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Minot Police took a 52-year-old man into custody early Friday morning after they say he trespassed at a Minot business and assaulted an officer during the arrest.

Prosecutors had charged Brent Castleman of C-felony simple assault on a peace officer, as well as A-misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and preventing arrest.

According to district court records, prosecutors have amended their complaint to raise the C-felony simple assault charge to a B-felony aggravated assault charge.

According to the criminal affidavit, investigators say police responded to an alarm at the Ground Round around 4:15 a.m.

An officer reported a man in a dark jacket leaving the scene and called for backup.

As officers attempted to arrest the man, later identified as Castleman, they say he struggled with them, kicking one officer in the groin and knee, causing intense pain.

Officers say they needed to use an electronic control device and a hobble to stop Castleman.

Police used surveillance footage and tracks leading up to the business in their investigation.

The injured officer is expected to recover.

The Ward County Sheriff’s Department says Castleman was booked around 5:30 a.m. Friday, though they did not have an updated booking photo on file.

The booking photo in this story is from Castleman’s arrest Feb. 19.

Castleman has an initial appearance on the charges scheduled for Friday afternoon. He will appear for his preliminary hearing and arraignment April 9 at 9 a.m.

According to online North Dakota District Court records, he currently has eight felony or misdemeanor cases open, with charges ranging from child abuse or neglect, to stalking, to disobedience of a judicial order.

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