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Woman who spray-painted Jesus statue, disrupted ex's funeral, threatened couple gets probation

Blair Whitten also threatened to kill bar staff in downtown Fargo

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A resident of a home captured video of an incident that resulted in prosecutors charging Blair Whitten with terrorizing.
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FARGO — A Moorhead woman who spray-painted a Jesus statue , disrupted her ex-boyfriend’s funeral, terrorized a couple and threatened to kill staff at a downtown Fargo bar will avoid additional time behind bars.

The final of four cases for Blair Rebecca Whitten, 29, was settled Jan. 3 in Cass County District Court when she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of terrorizing. She was given time served for the cases, and she will be under supervised probation until 2024.

The last case revolved around a July 13 incident at a north Fargo apartment, where a family asked Whitten to leave, according to a criminal complaint. Police said Whitten, who was looking for a friend who was killed at a different address in 2015, threatened the family.

A complaint alleged she threatened to "sodomize" the family's dog and burn the house down.

A similar incident happened in 2015, but nothing came of it, the family said.

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Whitten also disrupted her ex-boyfriend’s burial May 1 at Riverside Cemetery in south Fargo, according to court documents. Prosecutors said she drove over gravesites and tried to “run people over.” Whitten told police she showed up to the funeral and people she feared would hurt her approached her while she sat in the vehicle, court documents said.

The father of the deceased said Whitten was not welcome at the burial.

No one was injured.

Whitten pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment in September for that Cass County District Court case.

A more public case was that of a Jesus statue Whitten spray-painted in April. Video showed a woman in a black hooded sweater walking up to the statue in front of St. Mary’s Cathedral at 604 Broadway N., then running away.

In a less reported case, Whitten pleaded guilty to a list of charges that revolved around an early July 1 incident at the Fort Noks Bar of Gold at 52 Broadway N. A bouncer at the bar said a woman tried to break into the business and said she was “going to murder staff,” according to court documents.

Whitten ran from the scene when police arrived around 2:34 a.m., a criminal complaint said. She eventually stopped and was arrested as she yelled racial slurs, the complaint alleged.

The incident happened a week after a man fired a gun and threatened people outside the bar. One employee said he was afraid after the shooting, saying he couldn’t be sure if a person who yells at him is more dangerous than they appear, court documents said.

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Whitten pleaded guilty last month in Cass County District Court to terrorizing, attempt to commit simple assault on a peace officer, refusal to halt, possession of drug paraphernalia and possessing marijuana.

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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