A Stacy man and his girlfriend were roused from bed around 3 a.m. Sept. 22 by a man they’d reportedly never seen before banging on their trailer and yelling obscenities.
The source of the man’s rage: a set of truck tires.
The man, Nicholas Alan Dupre, 29, of Hugo, spotted a truck parked in the Stacy trailer park and made an incorrect assertion the tires on the truck had been stolen from him and attached to the vehicle.
His anger subsequently flared, and he decided to repeatedly strike a window on the trailer with his hands and feet, and yell an assortment of four-letter words until he got the attention of the trailer’s occupants, according to a criminal complaint.
The owner of the trailer said he tried to talk to Dupre through the window, but Dupre just continued yelling.
In an attempt to diffuse the situation, the man left his trailer and confronted Dupre outside the residence.
The argument between the two got heated, and at that point the man’s girlfriend exited the trailer and tried to break up the verbal altercation between her boyfriend and Dupre.
That action reportedly angered Dupre even further, and he pushed the woman to the ground and got on top of her, according to the complaint.
The woman told Chisago County Sheriff’s deputies that she fought back, and the two ended up in a fistfight.
Lakes Region paramedics later treated her for minor injuries.
The man had called 911 about Dupre before he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, and when deputies arrived they found Dupre inside of his vehicle near the residence.
The deputies arrested Dupre, but not without incident.
They initially handcuffed and placed him in the back of squad car, but Dupre reportedly kept kicking the backseat and spitting at officers.
As a result of his uncooperative attitude, deputies removed Dupre from the squad, placed him in hobble restraints and a spit mask and then loaded him back into the vehicle before transporting him to the Chisago County Jail.
During a follow-up interview with the occupants of the trailer, the man told deputies Dupre had threatened to kill him and had made reference to his “9 mil.”
Two roommates living with the man and his girlfriend confirmed the details of their stories.
Chisago County Attorney Janet Reiter said Dupre appeared in court last week and bail was set at $75,000 unconditional, or $30,000 with conditions.
Those conditions include no use of controlled substances or alcohol and random drug testing, along with an order prohibiting access to firearms.
She added that no contact orders between the victims and Dupre have been filed.
Reiter couldn’t release information yet about whether or not Dupre was impaired in any way during the alleged assault.
“I think in an instance like this there are some concerns about chemical use or mental health issues, and those can be looked into as the case proceeds further,” she said.
Past criminal history
Dupre has a fairly lengthy criminal background, dating back a decade.
A Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension background check on Dupre revealed 12 convictions.
Three were related to motor vehicle theft, one involved a domestic assault and another was in relation to fifth-degree possession of marijuana. The other convictions involved misdemeanor check forgery and theft.
If convicted on the fifth-degree assault and terrorist threats charges he is facing, Dupre could be sentenced to a maximum of over five years in prison and $11,000 in fines.