Fargo man arrested following assault with blunt object

Police did not list a possible motive for the alleged assault, but state that the unspecified object that police believe was used was later found in the suspect’s home.

Gary Copass.
Submitted photo / Cass County Jail

FARGO — An alleged early morning assault last week in Fargo has led to the arrest of 65-year-old Gary David Copass. He's being held at the Cass County Jail on a felony C charge of aggravated assault in Cass County District Court.

Fargo police were called to a south Fargo apartment building on Friday, Jan. 27, where a victim told authorities that he’d been struck by a blunt object while clearing snow from the alley behind the apartment complex.

Police determined the suspect in the assault to be Copass after reviewing security footage and evidence found at the scene.

Copass was later arrested in a traffic stop after being spotted in his vehicle by officers who had gone to his apartment building in search of him, according to Fargo police.

He was brought to the Cass County Jail around 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 28, where he remains as of Monday night. Release conditions have been set at $7,500 bond, according to the jail, but other potential release conditions are as of yet unknown pending review of court documents.


The object that police believe was used in the alleged assault was later found in Copass’ home.

Police did not list a possible motive for the alleged assault.

Copass appeared in court on Jan. 30. No attorney has been obtained for Copass as of Monday night.

His preliminary hearing and/or arraignment has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 8.

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