Court news: Assault charges filed against rural Waubun man in domestic case

The officer spoke with the woman and noticed that she had a cut on her right eyebrow and a large red mark on her right upper arm, according to court records.

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DETROIT LAKES — Robert Dean Bakken, 38, of rural Waubun has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony second-degree assault and felony domestic assault.

According to court records, on March 23, a White Earth police officer responded to the intersection of Becker County Road 21 and County Road 14 to meet with a man who said that he had seen a woman with blood on her face walking down County Road 21 in a tank top and no shoes. The motorist had stopped, picked up the woman, and called the police.

The officer spoke with the woman and noticed that she had a cut on her right eyebrow and a large red mark on her right upper arm. She said she had been picked up at her residence north of Detroit Lakes by Bakken, the father of her child. She said she told him that she no longer wanted to be with him and he flipped out. Adding, he started to swing a knife around and in her direction. She was able to get out of the vehicle and Bakken continued westbound. She said that the attack occurred in the vehicle on County Road 26 near the Tamarac Refuge, and that he threw the knife out the window shortly after the assault.

On April 18, cash bail for Bakken was set at $500 or bond at $5,000, under standard conditions of release, or $50,000 bond with no conditions. The next day he posted $500 bail and was released.

A settlement conference is set for July 6 and if no plea agreement is reached, a jury trial will start on July 20.

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