Four men accused in Grand Forks robbery scheduled to go to trial
Three men accused of physically assaulting and robbing a Grand Forks man in his apartment in April will go to trial on Oct. 20, and a fourth will go to trial on Nov. 27. The fifth man involved is scheduled for a change of plea hearing on Oct. 19.
Four men accused of physically assaulting and robbing a Grand Forks man in his residence are scheduled to go to trial later this month or next.
Mason Cruz Demontigny, 19, of Fargo, Keegan Jullian Hofstad, 20, of Grand Forks, and Austin Jacob Seudel, 21, of Grand Forks, will go to trial Oct. 20.
Jacob Gregory Busch, 20, of Fargo, will go to trial Nov. 24. Luke Michael Drougas, 20, of Grand Forks, is scheduled to appear for a change of plea hearing Oct. 19. No plea agreement has yet been filed in Drougas' case.
According to court documents, seven men, including the five defendants, entered the victim's apartment shortly before 11 p.m. on April 12.
The victim told police that the five defendants physically assaulted him, and used his phone to transfer $180 they claimed he owed to one of the alleged assailant's accounts. The other two men who entered the residence, who waited in another room of the apartment with the victim's roommates, have not been charged with any crime.
After initial investigation, a search warrant was executed on the defendants' apartment and they were taken into custody without incident, according to Grand Forks police.
Busch faces charges of burglary and accomplice to robbery.
Demontigny faces charges of burglary and accomplice to robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Drougas faces charges of burglary, accomplice to robbery, theft of more than $100, aggravated assault and terrorizing.
Hofstad faces charges of burglary, accomplice to robbery, theft of more than $100, accomplice to aggravated assault, and possession of Adderall.
Seudel is facing charges of burglary, accomplice to robbery, and accomplice to aggravated assault.
All five of the defendants face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fee if convicted of burglary and accomplice to robbery, the most serious of the charges. Each lesser charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, with the exception of possession of Adderall, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $2,000 fine.