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Mahnomen man charged with making threats

Donald Eugene DeGroat Jr., 25, of 722 S. Main, Mahnomen has been charged in Becker County District Court with making terroristic threats, a felony.

According to court records:

On July 16 Detroit Lakes police were called to an apartment on Minnesota Avenue by a woman who reported that her estranged husband, DeGroat, had been making threats for days and had just sent a text message that read: "I'll kill both of you."

The apartment unit consists of a common area and three apartments, and she went to another apartment in the unit to avoid DeGroat, who allegedly was heard a short time later pounding on her apartment door and shouting fighting words.

He and another man allegedly broke a window in the door before police arrived. DeGroat allegedly ran off, but was caught by police a short time later.

He appeared Monday before District Judge Joe Evans, who set bail or bond at $1,000 and set his next court appearance for Aug. 24.

He was ordered to have no contact with the victim except through a third party to arrange child care issues.