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Federal indictment details brutal assault by man accused of high-speed chase through ND

Dakota James Charboneau

GRAND FORKS — An indictment unsealed late Monday, Dec. 4, against a man who led Grand Forks deputies and federal agents on an hourlong vehicle pursuit last weekend charges him with brutally assaulting two men on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

Dakota James Charboneau, 23, has been indicted in U.S. District Court on two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury for allegedly using firearms to beat two men Oct. 22.

The FBI alerted the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office that Charboneau was believed to be staying in Larimore, N.D. on Dec. 1. When deputies attempted to pull him over on North Dakota Highway, Charboneau allegedly fled and led law enforcement on a 75-mile chase with speeds over 100 mph before state troopers were able to deploy spike strips and disable his vehicle on North Dakota Highway 20 near Hamar, N.D.

Charboneau was charged with felony fleeing from law enforcement and other misdemeanor driving charges in Grand Forks County, where an affidavit labeled him as a homicide suspect.

An affidavit unsealed in federal court states Charboneau is instead accused of severely beating the two men with a pistol and a rifle butt on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

The document states:

Charboneau took Loren Greybear Jr. and Tyrell Makesgood for a ride in his car that day and became angry at Greybear regarding a debt.

He reportedly struck Greybear with a pistol before hitting him repeatedly with the butt of what is described as a large, black rifle. Makesgood was also reportedly struck with a gun butt before the men were brought inside a public housing unit on the reservation, where Makesgood and Greybear had their wallets and IDs taken. Inside the housing unit, someone reportedly fired a gun, causing the occupants to leave the room. That’s when Makesgood grabbed Greybear and the men fled.

Charboneau reportedly fired the rifle multiple times at the men as they escaped, but they managed to run away without being shot.

Court documents state FBI agents were able to find a bullet hole and scattered blood spots inside the housing units when they went to investigate Oct. 25. Greybear reportedly suffered a broken jaw and shattered eye socket in the assault. Makesgood had multiple fractures to his nose.

Charboneau made an initial appearance in federal court Monday and will remain in custody through a trial, which is tentatively scheduled to start Feb. 6, according to court records. Grand Forks attorney Ted Sandberg has been assigned to defend Charboneau in his federal case.

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