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Brainerd school employee injured in early morning attack

BRAINERD, Minn. - A 20-year-old Brainerd man was arrested Monday, Feb. 11, after allegedly attacking a Brainerd High School staff member in a girls' locker room.

The Brainerd Police Department was dispatched about 6:48 a.m. to investigate the attack.

In a news release, Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston said the suspect approached a 36-year-old woman from behind and attempted to grab and restrain her in the girls' locker room. The woman was able to break free from the attacker and the suspect fled from the school.

The woman suffered minor physical injuries, McQuiston stated.

A witness at the school believed the attacker, who wore dark clothing, was a local man and identified him to police. About 15 minutes after the incident was reported, the suspect was located a short distance from the school where he was taken into custody.

According to the Crow Wing County Jail custody list, Jared Allen Tristen McCormack was booked on four felonies—intentional false imprisonment, kidnapping, fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and attempted anticipatory crimes.

Police believe the suspect removed items of clothing while fleeing from the scene, McQuiston stated.

Brainerd Superintendent Laine Larson sent out a districtwide message to all families about the incident at 2:20 p.m.