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Manvel, N.D., man charged for assaulting East Grand Forks police officer

A Manvel, N.D., man has been charged with felony third-degree assault on a police officer and fleeing after an incident Thursday night in East Grand Forks.

A Manvel, N.D., man has been charged with felony third-degree assault on a police officer and fleeing after an incident Thursday night in East Grand Forks.

Kyle Martin Heintz, 23, was jailed at Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston after the incident, which began at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday, according to a report from East Grand Forks Police Department.

According to the criminal complaint, Heintz was one of three men who were observed standing in an open field near the garages at Century Property Apartments at about 10:20 p.m.

As Police Officer Alex Schilke drove by, they began to walk away. Officer Alex Schilke said he found the activity suspicious, because of the time of night and the fact that the temperature was 3 degrees below zero, according to the report.

While the officer was interviewing the individuals, whom he said at times were uncooperative, Heintz began running away on foot.

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Officers Chris Olson and Eric Burman arrived and began to search for the suspect. After observing him lying in a field, the suspect got up and began running again, before stopping and raising his hands in the air, according to the report.

While Burman walked Heintz to the patrol car, the suspect allegedly used profanities and then "spun around and headbutted Officer Burman," the report stated. Burman "saw stars" and was thrown off balance, it continued.

Burman then reported the suspect then "kicked him in the chest, knocking the wind out of him," according to the report.

The suspect attempted to flee again. However, Burman apprehended and placed him in the back of the squad car and then transported him to the police department.

At the police station, Burman noted that his head was sore and he was experiencing blurred vision and dizziness. He was transported to Altru Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion, according to the report.

The charge of third-degree felony assault carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

The misdemeanor fleeing a police officer charge carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.

According to the report, Heintz currently is on supervised probation in North Dakota for a felony preventing arrest charge from June. He also has several other recent convictions in North Dakota and Minnesota.

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