Moorhead man faces charges of assault, burglary

Nathan Selmer Simon Smith

MOORHEAD — A 28-year-old man is facing several charges, including burglary and assault, stemming from an August incident where he caused a disturbance at a Moorhead residence.

Nathan Selmer Simon Smith, no address given, is facing felony charges of second-degree burglary and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, according to documents filed on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Clay County District Court. He faces additional misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, fleeing a police officer and fourth-degree damage to property.

At 3:40 p.m. on Aug. 30, Moorhead officers were dispatched to a residence in Moorhead for a report of a disturbance after a woman called police and complained about some people her home, court papers show.

Officers entered the house and knocked on one of the bedroom doors, which was opened by a woman before it was quickly shut, court papers show.

A man, later identified as Smith, allegedly shouted “I have a gun,” from behind the bedroom door, court papers show.


Authorities exited the house and set up a perimeter.

Smith allegedly broke a window from inside the residence in an attempt to escape. He allegedly took a hammer and made “a throwing motion towards” one of the officers present, court papers show.

Smith eventually agreed to exit the house and was taken into custody.

Court papers don’t provide further detail as to whether or not Smith had a gun in his possession.

He is currently being held at Clay County Jail.

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