Two Grand Forks men charged for breaking into woman's home, assaulting occupants

Floren Crossdog, 19, and Michael Lankowicz, 18, each face several charges related to the Nov. 19 incident when they allegedly forced their way into a woman's home to steal her possessions.

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Two Grand Forks men have been charged with robbery after breaking into a woman's residence last month and assaulting the two people inside.

Floren Crossdog, 19, and Michael Lankowicz, 18, are charged with burglary and misdemeanor assault. Lankowicz also has been charged with robbery and misdemeanor domestic violence, and Crossdog has been charged with armed robbery.

According to court documents, Grand Forks Police officers were dispatched to a Grand Forks apartment just after 9 p.m. Nov. 19 for a report of domestic violence. The victim told officers that Lankowicz forced his way into her apartment without permission, grabbed her jaw and began striking her head and face. The victim's friend, who was in the apartment at the time, told officers he witnessed this when he went to see what the commotion was. The friend said he attempted to intervene and shove Lankowicz out of the apartment.

At that time, Crossdog entered the apartment holding a knife with the blade out, according to documents. Crossdog and Lankowicz proceeded to strike the friend multiple times in the entryway of the apartment, causing several injuries and temporary disfigurement, documents state. Crossdog and Lankowicz then fled the apartment.

Crossdog later told investigators that he and Lankowicz entered the apartment with the intent to steal the woman's possessions for money or marijuana, documents state.


Crossdog was arraigned this week and is next scheduled to appear in court for a final dispositional conference on March 4. If convicted of armed robbery, the most serious of the charges, he could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. He faces additional maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted of burglary, and up to one year of prison and a $3,000 fine if convicted of assault. He is being held pending trial on a $15,000 bond.

Lankowicz is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 11. He faces maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for each charge if convicted of robbery and burglary, and additional maximum penalties of one year in prison and a $3,000 fine if convicted of assault, and 30 days in prison and a $1,500 fine if convicted of domestic violence. Lankowicz was released after posting bond.

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