Fargo man gets 5 years for smashing windows with machete, ramming vehicles

Nathaniel Greywind pleaded guilty to three Class C felonies and one Class B misdemeanor.

Nathaniel Greywind.
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FARGO — After an evening of destruction, a Fargo man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges and was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday, Jan. 30.

Nathaniel Chad Greywind, 36, was arrested following an incident in February 2022 when he smashed vehicle windows with a machete at Petro Serve USA, a gas station at 2110 University Drive S., and rammed his vehicle into two other occupied vehicles.

Greywind pleaded guilty to three Class C felonies, including aggravated assault, terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and reckless endangerment, in addition to a Class B misdemeanor of criminal mischief for willful damage.

Judge Susan Bailey sentenced Greywind to five years in prison, with credit for time served of 178 days, and two years of supervised probation.

As part of his sentencing, Greywind must forfeit the machete he used to the Fargo Police Department, according to court documents.


During the incident, he took a knife and machete and smashed a vehicle’s passenger windows at about 8 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2022, according to court documents.

The man driving that vehicle fled, but Greywind chased him down in his own vehicle and rammed into the man's vehicle on the 1300 block of 21st Avenue South.

Greywind then drove back to the gas station and rammed into another vehicle that had a person in it. He got out of his vehicle and smashed the windshield of the other vehicle with his machete, court documents said.

He then went inside and threatened another person.

Police found marijuana in Greywind’s possession when he was arrested shortly after the incident. He acknowledged using meth, police said in the court documents.

Greywind was treated for cuts to his hand that police believe were caused by him striking the other vehicles with a sharp object, according to police. The two people who were in the vehicles were injured, according to court documents. No one inside the store was hurt, police said.

The court dismissed additional felony charges of reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, as well as a misdemeanor of driving under the influence of drugs.

In 2019, Greywind pleaded guilty to several charges that said he fired a sawed-off shotgun near another person in Fargo, bit a police officer and tried to assault another officer. He was sentenced to nearly three years in prison in that case.

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