Weather Forecast


Bismarck man accused of Tasing and trying to kidnap ex-girlfriend in Comstock

MOORHEAD – A Bismarck man is charged with seven felonies, including attempted kidnapping and burglary, after allegedly breaking into his girlfriend’s Comstock home late one night last week and Tasing her while wearing gloves and wearing a hood over his face.

William Dubois Dean, 52, was charged Tuesday in Clay County District Court with two counts of attempted kidnapping, three counts of burglary, one count of assault and one count of damage to property, all felonies.

Court documents say the victim broke off her live-in relationship with Dean in February or March after some arguments, and that she was extremely afraid of him.

On April 10, the victim told dispatch a man with a nylon hood over his face and wearing white gloves had broken into her home about 9:50 p.m. and assaulted her with a Taser.

She fought him off, she told investigators, and believed it was Dean.

Clay County detectives contacted Dean that day on his cellphone, which they tracked heading west from Jamestown to Bismarck.

Dean told them he had not been in Fargo, Moorhead or Comstock that day, but a concerned citizen told investigators he saw Dean in Comstock on the 10th.

Clay County Lt. Stephen Landsem said the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department helped trace Dean to a location north of Bismarck.

He was arrested without incident, Landsem said.