Court documents: Moorhead standoff suspect said you're 'going to die today.'

Published: May. 2, 2019 at 10:44 AM CDT
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Court documents are revealing new, explosive details in the incident that led to a nine-hour long standoff in Moorhead.

Papers filed in Clay County Court say the victim and the suspect, 35-year-old Blake Fitzgerald, had multiple fights before the disturbance that shut down parts of a neighborhood.

The victim says the day before the standoff, April 29, Fitzgerald contacted her and asked her to recant a statement to the Moorhead Police about a previous assault.

The victim told Fitzgerald 'no' and she says he shoved her against a wall and started to strangle her. She then agreed to take back the statement.

Later that same day, he came to her house and he asked her to get into his car. The victim then told Fitzgerald she filed an order of protection against him. Court documents say he then locked the doors and drove to his house in Moorhead.

At his home, Fitzgerald made comments about killing police officers and the father of her child and grabbed a handgun. She says she was able to calm him down, and he put the gun away.

Court documents say the victim and the suspect then spent the night together in the home.

She woke up the next day, April 30, and said she was leaving. She says that set Fitzgerald off and he started to physically assault her. Court documents say he punched her, kneed her in the stomach and pulled her hair.

He then allegedly told her she, 'was going to die today.'

Fitzgerald then went to the garage and the victim thought he was going to grab a gun. She ran out of the house and tried to escape. Documents say he ran after her and tried to bring her back into the house until a pedestrian or car went by.

The victim then went to a neighbor's house and called 911, that started the standoff that shut down multiple streets in South Moorhead by Concordia.

After the standoff, police found Fitzgerald hiding in the wall of his garage with a handgun style BB gun.

Fitzgerald is now facing 5 felony charges, 1 misdemeanor. Felony 2nd-degree assault with a weapon, felony threats of violence, felony display replica of a firearm (threats of violence), felony false imprisonment, felony assault by strangulation & misdemeanor domestic assault.

His bail was set to an unconditional amount of $200,000 and a conditional bail of $100,000. He is not allowed to contact the victim, purchase guns, and his gun license is suspended.

His first court appearance is May 2.

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