VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Prosecutors are accusing a Valley City man of trying to sexually assault two women that he allegedly held at gunpoint Thursday, April 4, inside a bar.
Zachary David Kline, 27, is charged with two felony counts of attempted gross sexual imposition, two felony counts of reckless endangerment, two felony counts of felonious restraint and one misdemeanor count of possession of a firearm in a liquor establishment, according to documents filed Friday, April 5, in Barnes County District Court.
At 1:53 a.m., police were dispatched to a bar after one of the victims reported that there was a man, identified as Kline, holding a gun inside, court records show. The victim was able to escape out the back door and told dispatch that another woman was also able to escape.
Both victims, apparently employees of the bar, were located by authorities and taken to the police station.
The victims told police that Kline came into the bar around closing time and ordered drinks, and then left for a few minutes. He came back inside, pointed a gun at them and told them to go into a back room and take off their clothes, according to court records.
He then asked where the keys were kept and told the victims to get them, at which point both victims were able to run away, court documents said.
The James Valley Special Operations Team and a crisis negotiation team set up a perimeter around the bar. After Kline was contacted by phone, authorities learned he was no longer on site and was at a friend’s house, court records show.
Kline agreed with authorities to come to the police station, and told authorities he started drinking around 6 p.m. and remembers coming to the bar and ordering two shots, but had no memory of the incident, according to court records. Kline told police he doesn’t carry a gun when he is drinking.
Kline’s bail is set at $25,000 cash-only or $250,000 bond. He is being held at Barnes County Jail as of Friday afternoon, April 5.