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Bemidji man held locally for church beating

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Bemidji man held locally for church beating
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- Lindon Roy Knutson, 61, of Bemidji, is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree assault, aggravated robbery and theft for allegedly beating and robbing a 73-year-old woman Tuesday afternoon at Crow River Lutheran Church.

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According to Sheriff Dan Hartog, deputies were dispatched around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday to the rural Belgrade church, in northern Kandiyohi County.

The woman was taken by private party to Paynesville Hospital, where she remained Wednesday. The Sheriff's Office issued a description, based on the victim's statement, of Knutson and his vehicle statewide to law enforcement agencies. Around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, the Cosmos chief of police located the vehicle, which was later stopped for a traffic violation. Knutson was taken into custody after further investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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