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Fargo man accused of killing teen charged with attacking jail guard

A criminal complaint described Arthur Kollie flushing a broken toilet that started to flood his cell before he allegedly punched a Cass County deputy multiple times.

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Arthur Prince Kollie
Cass County Jail photo.

FARGO — A Fargo man accused of stabbing a 14-year-old to death last month attacked a Cass County correctional officer after complaining that his jail cell toilet was broken, court documents allege.

Arthur Prince Kollie, 22, appeared Wednesday, July 28, in Cass County District Court on a felony charge of simple assault that stemmed from July 11. Kollie is being held at the Cass County Jail on felony counts of murder, robbery and aggravated assault in connection to the June 4 attack that killed middle school student Jupiter Paulsen.

Kollie was arrested the day Jupiter was found with multiple stab wounds in the parking lot of Party City at 4340 13th Ave. S. The girl was skateboarding from her father’s house to her mother’s home around 7 a.m. when, according to an incident report, she was stabbed 25 times. She died several days later.

Kollie, who is being held on a $1 million bond, told police he suffered from mental health issues and used methamphetamine the day before the stabbing, according to the report. He also said he doesn’t remember the assault and did not admit to hurting Jupiter.

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Jupiter Paulsen. (Family photo provided to WDAY News)

According to court documents detailing the alleged assault on the correctional officer:

Kollie told Cass County Deputy Fautua Taulelei around 4 p.m. July 11 that his jail cell toilet was not flushing properly. Staff put in a work order to fix the toilet, and Taulelei asked Kollie not to flush his toilet. Instead, he was ordered to let deputies know if he needed to use the restroom.

Shortly after that, Taulelei was doing a check on inmates when he noticed water coming from Kollie’s cell. Kollie claimed he tried to contact guards about using the restroom. As Taulelei tried to find cleaning supplies, Kollie continued to flush the toilet to the point that water started to flood into a neighboring cell.

When Taulelei opened the door to Kollie’s cell, the inmate got into a “fighting stance.”

After calling for assistance, Taulelei tried to push Kollie back into his cell before the inmate grabbed the deputy’s arm. The officer tried to get Kollie under control by grabbing the inmate, but Kollie allegedly started throwing punches, according to court documents.

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One punch connected with Taulelei’s head, while Kollie landed three or four in the officer’s stomach, court documents alleged.

Taulelei struck Kollie in the chest and stomach as he tried to regain control of Kollie, who continued to resist, a criminal complaint said. The officer said he also hit his own head on a railing before assistance arrived. Kollie tried to hit Taulelei after the officer slipped on the water and landed on his side, the complaint said. Taulelei said he used his hand to deflect Kollie’s blows, the complaint said.

Officers eventually got Kollie under control, the complaint said. Taulelei said he felt physical pain from being punched in the head and stomach but did not need to go to the hospital, Sheriff Jesse Jahner told The Forum.

No injuries from Kollie were reported.

Jahner said he will launch an internal investigation once the simple assault charge is resolved in court. That is typical procedure so officers can preserve the integrity of the criminal investigation, he added.

Related Topics: CRIME AND COURTSCRIMEFARGOCASS COUNTY JAIL
April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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