Fairmont man facing assault charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County

Blake Louis Bangsund, 32, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. He is also charged with two counts of domestic assault, each of which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On Aug. 13, at about 4:10 p.m., Fairmont police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of North Park Street on a report of a male who had cut his hand with scissors. The caller indicated the man, later identified as Bangsund, was “bleeding good” and throwing property inside the residence.

Upon arrival at the residence, an officer walked to the rear entrance and observed Bangsund inside. The officer removed his Taser and knocked on the door, asking Bangsund to exit the residence. The officer observed Bangsund rinsing clothing in the sink, appearing agitated.

Bangsund began yelling at officers to leave his residence. The officer assured Bangsund they were concerned for his welfare.

Officers were let into the residence by a female who lived in the house. Officers made multiple attempts to get Bangsund to exit the residence, but he continued to yell.

Officers spoke with Bangsund, who showed an officer a cut on his arm. Bangsund told officers he intentionally cut himself, saying that if he wanted to kill himself he could do so. He also indicated he could “take out” an officer and a person in the house.

Bangsund was transported to the Mayo Clinic hospital in Fairmont, while an officer spoke to the other individual. The woman said Bangsund had been on a downward spiral the last few days, indicating he had been drinking alcohol and may have been taking her pain pills. She said he had been paranoid and exhibiting strange behavior.

She also said she had arrived home shortly before 4 p.m. and Bangsund confronted her about taking him to the laundromat. She said Bangsund was agitated and told her he should smash her in the head.

She indicated Bangsund then grabbed her left arm and twisted it, causing the skin to break and blood to run down her arm. The officer observed the injury.

The woman said she then walked to the freezer to open a bag of ice with a pair of scissors. Bangsund allegedly got in her face and grabbed the scissors and cut his left arm, telling her, “We’ll see who cuts what.”

She indicated Bangsund then raised the scissors above his head and told her, “Now I’m going to get you.”

A check on Bangsund’s criminal record showed convictions for domestic assault in 2011 and 2015.