Red Lake man pleads guilty to assault

MINNEAPOLIS– A Red Lake man pleaded guilty yesterday in the federal courts to assaulting a minor on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 28-year-old Timothy Lajeunesse returned to his home in the early morning hours of January 13, and went to sleep, but upon waking up he grabbed a minor girl sleeping in the home and attempted to strangle her, and also punched and kicked her.

The child sustained a large bruise on her forehead, smaller bruises on the rest of her body, and marks on her neck consistent with attempted strangulation. Lajeunesse is scheduled to appear for sentencing in February.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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