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Naytahwaush teen faces felony charge in ax incident

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Tyler Warren Tibbetts, of Naytahwaush has been charged in Becker County Juvenile Court with felony terroristic threats and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.

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According to court records, White Earth tribal police officers were called to the old projects area in White Earth village on Sunday to investigate an assault complaint.

They found a young man who had been beaten by two other young men in the middle of Martin Drive. The victim had a swollen face and scratches, cuts and abrasions on his face, elbow, back and chest. Tibbetts was allegedly one of the assailants.

The officers left to handle another call, but came back when informed that the two alleged assailants had returned with an ax. They were said to be walking towards the residence near where the assault occurred and threatening to shoot the occupants in the face.

Officers found them sitting in a pickup truck near the residence. Behind the seat they found a splitting maul with a dark silver cutting edge, which matched the description of the ax given by a witness.

Tibbetts appeared Monday before District Judge Joe Evans, who released him on condition that he abstain from alcohol and be under house arrest. His next court appearance is set for July 7.

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