MOORHEAD — Eric Matthew Kagle, a 32-year-old Fargo man, has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of making threats of violence in connection with the alleged theft of a dog.
Clay County District Judge Jade Rosenfeldt on Monday, Feb. 24, sentenced Kagle to 69 days in jail, time he had already served.
Additional time behind bars was stayed for five years and Kagle was ordered to pay $1,160. Charges of first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault and theft were dismissed.
The case stemmed from an incident in May 2019, when a Moorhead apartment resident told police that a man he didn't recognize came to his door claiming to have car trouble before grabbing his dog and running off, court papers stated.
The victim told police he chased the man, but the man then turned on him, brandishing a knife. The victim said the man then put the dog in a waiting car that had an unknown female driver and the car drove away, court papers stated.
The victim said the man held him at knife point until the vehicle disappeared, then ran off. Police later questioned a woman who said her boyfriend had given her a dog in March or April of 2019, but the dog was later stolen, according to court papers.
The woman denied involvement in the dog theft, but said her boyfriend, identified in court papers as Kagle, may have been involved.
Kagle later told police he was at the apartment complex on the day in question to get a dog he believed had been stolen from his girlfriend, but he denied brandishing a knife, according to court papers.