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Charges allege Fargo man swerved car at girlfriend, forcing her to hide in cornfield

Jonathon Lee Kinney

MOORHEAD - A Fargo man is accused of terrorizing his ex-girlfriend and swerving his car at her several times, missing her by inches the first time and causing her to hide in a cornfield near Moorhead.

Jonathon Lee Kinney, 32, was charged Tuesday in Clay County District Court with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats, both felonies.

According to the complaint, the alleged victim told authorities that she'd been out drinking with Kinney on Monday night. They parked on a gravel road around 50th Avenue South and got into an argument, and at some point Kinney mentioned having a gun in the car.

The woman said Kinney was yelling at her, so she got out of the car and started walking away from him. She said he ran after her and took her phone away from her, pushing her in the process, the complaint states.

Kinney went back to the car and allegedly drove toward the woman and swerved at her, causing her to run into the ditch to avoid the car. She said he swerved at her five or six times, the complaint states.

The woman told authorities she hid in a cornfield and made her way to a building but couldn't get inside. A motorist picked her up and gave her a ride home. She reported the incident about 1 a.m. Tuesday at the Law Enforcement Center in Moorhead.

The woman said she and Kinney had dated for about four months and had broken up a week and a half before the incident.

Kinney was arrested later Tuesday morning in north Fargo. He denied taking the woman's phone, stating she had thrown it at him, the complaint states. He also said she had walked away from the car and he had stayed out on the road for a while trying to find her, but she wouldn't come back to him, the complaint states.

Kinney's criminal record includes convictions for burglary, theft, fleeing a peace officer, disorderly conduct and forgery, as well as drug convictions, the complaint states.

Assistant Clay County Attorney Heidi Davies has recommended bail be set at $20,000 cash or bond.

Last month, 33-year-old Peter William Ihnken of Argusville, N.D., was arrested for allegedly strangling and sexually assaulting his girlfriend July 27 in a cornfield near Georgetown, Minn. Ihnken is contesting the charges.