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More charges approved in Grand Forks knife attack

Crown counsel has approved three more charges against a man accused of attacking a City of Grand Forks community safety officer with a knife.

On Oct. 1, police responded to the incident at Gyro Park and arrested Andre Conn, 41.

In addition to pulling the knife on the officer, he’s accused of smashing out the windows on a city work truck and causing other damage, estimated at $5,000.

He was initially charged with uttering threats and mischief.

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Following further investigation, RCMP say prosecutors have added charges of assault with a weapon and two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon.

Crown has also decided to proceed by indictment, meaning they could seek more serious punishments.

“We were confident that after we disclosed all relevant materials and evidence that Crown would add additional charges,” Sgt. Darryl Peppler said in a news release. “We are very pleased that he has been held in custody pending his next court appearances.”

The additional charges also follow a plea from city council.

“We as the city, and as mayor, I really wanted to make sure that the full extent of the law was applied in this gentleman’s case and that he be banned from Grand Forks,” mayor Everett Baker said in an earlier interview.

Conn has remained in custody since his arrest. He is expected to stand trial on Dec. 13.

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