Bemidji man facing aggravated sentencing for assaulting relative and peace officer

A Bemidji man arrested last week for assaulting both his sister and a peace officer will appear in court this morning.

A release last week said the 35-year-old man was arrested after engaging in a struggle with a Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputy.

The criminal complaint filed says law enforcement responded to a domestic disturbance last Monday evening.

Robert Puttbrese, 35, Bemidji. Photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail.

On arrival, Robert Puttbrese repeatedly uttered racial slurs towards a Black member of the Sheriff’s Office, with the struggle leaving a minor injury on the deputy.

The state is seeking aggravated sentencing.

Unconditional bail for Puttbrese was set at $40,000.

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