Moorhead man stabbed woman after accusing her of cheating, court docs say

Juan Pablo Brown, 27, appeared Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Clay County District Court on felony charges including first-degree attempted murder.

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MOORHEAD — A Moorhead man sexually assaulted a woman he was in a relationship with this weekend to see if she cheated on him before he stabbed her five times, prosecutors alleged in charging documents.

Juan Pablo Brown, 27, appeared Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Clay County District Court on felony charges of first-degree attempted murder, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and second-degree assault. He could go to prison for half of his life if convicted on the attempted murder count, the most serious of the three charges.

Police responded to a disturbance at Brown’s apartment building around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 1202 34th Ave. S., according to a criminal complaint. That’s where they found a woman lying face down on the floor with multiple stab wounds, the complaint said. She was taken to a hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries, police said.

Brown fled the scene but was later arrested on Sunday, according to officers.

The woman told police she was in a relationship with Brown and they had been separated for two months. An intoxicated Brown showed up at her home on Saturday and accused her of cheating on him, court documents said.


Brown without consent pulled down the woman's pants and underwear to physically “check” if there were signs of her cheating, the criminal sexual conduct charge alleged. He then pulled a knife on her and said he was going to “end it all” as he threatened her, court documents alleged.

The woman convinced Brown to put the knife away, but the next day Brown woke her up around noon and demanded money, court documents said. She refused, so he slapped her, got a kitchen knife and told her he was going to kill her, the woman said in charging documents.

The woman initially believed Brown punched her in the back, but then she realized she had been stabbed.

Court documents identified the woman by her initials.

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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