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Grand Forks man allegedly threatened to kill woman while holding knife in one hand, child in the other

J.L. Hunt Hugghis

A Grand Forks man is facing four felony charges for allegedly threatening to kill a woman while holding a knife in one hand and a child in the other.

J.L. Hunt Hugghis, 21, appeared Wednesday in Grand Forks District Court on charges of terrorizing, child neglect, interference with a telephone during an emergency call and felonious restraint. He could spend up to five years in prison for each charge.

An affidavit for Hugghis' arrest said he went to the apartment of a woman who had a restraining order against him around 1 p.m. Sunday. Hugghis was charged with aggravated assault in December after he allegedly punched the woman and grabbed her by her hair.

A criminal complaint alleges Hugghis took the woman's phone as she tried to call 911. The affidavit said he held a knife to her neck, told her he would kill her and said she wasn't allowed to leave.

At one point, Hugghis was holding the knife in one hand and threatening the woman while holding a child in the other hand, the affidavit said. He allegedly became distracted while setting down the child. The woman was able to grab the child and run from the apartment, the affidavit said.

Once the woman and child got into her vehicle, Hugghis showed up with several knives and began stabbing at her tire, the affidavit said. Police said there was obvious damage to the rear passenger tire of the woman's car.

Hugghis is being held on $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to enter a plea Feb. 11.

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