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Local man faces kidnapping, other felony charges
Morris Minnesota 607 Pacific Avenue 56267

A local man faces several felony charges -- including counts for kidnapping, terroristic threats, burglary and assault -- as well as other charges related to three alleged events in the last two months.

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Dustin Andrew Backman, 26, pled not guilty to charges in two recent cases in Stevens County District Court on Monday.

An omnibus hearing also was held Monday on charges Backman faces related to a December 2009 case.

In the four cases, Backman is facing felony charges for assaults, kidnapping, burglary, making terroristic threats, being a convict in possession of a firearm, and being in possession of materials used in methamphetamine production.

Backman is in custody and would have to post bail of $310,000 for unconditional release or $145,000 for conditional release.

Court documents record Backman's address as Hancock.

According to a complaint from Hancock Police Chief Don Heikkinen, Backman was sleeping at a Hancock residence at about 5 a.m. on Feb. 6, when a woman who lives at the address arrived there with another man. The woman stated she lived with Backman until Dec. 2009.

The woman and man began watching a movie when Backman woke up and, according to the complaint, "went ballistic."

Backman allegedly began punching the man in the face and the woman said she was unable to stop the attack. The man did not fight back and eventually ran from the residence, according to the complaint.

Backman then began yelling at the woman and struck her across the face, which knocked her down and bloodied her lip. Backman then allegedly told her to stop crying and said that he had to kill her for her "children's sake," according to the complaint.

Backman then allegedly told the woman to go to the upstairs of the house and hang herself, and the woman believed Backman intended to kill her and make it appear as a suicide. The woman also stated that a minor in the home had awakened and was witnessing the incident.

Backman allegedly began pushing the woman upstairs, where he began screaming at her. Backman then went downstairs and the woman also went down to comfort the minor. Backman allegedly told her to put the minors in bed because he was "not going to do this in front of the kids." The woman stated she believed Backman was referring to killing her, the complaint stated.

The woman stated that she got Backman to settle down and she drove him to his parents' home.

Backman faces one count of kidnapping to commit great bodily harm/terrorize, a count of terroristic threats, and three misdemeanor assault counts. The kidnapping count carries a penalty of 20 years in prison and/or $35,000 fine, the terroristic threat count carries a penalty of five years in prison and/or $10,000 fine, and the assault counts each carry a penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

After those incidents, Backman was not charged immediately, but was arrested and charged for a Feb. 11 incident at a Morris home.

Backman allegedly kicked in a door and entered the man's residence at about 11:45 p.m. on Feb. 11, believing the woman was there, according to Stevens County Attorney Charles Glasrud.

Backman then allegedly found the man and punched him several times. Minors were present during the alleged assault. Related to that incident, Backman faces a felony burglary count, which carries a penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine, and a felony count of third-degree assault, which carries a penalty of five years and $10,000.

In December 2009, Backman was charged with a felony count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and a felony count for possessing methamphetamine precursors with intent to manufacture the drug.

The initial search warrant was for a handgun. While searching the residence, officers found in a bag a liquid labeled as muriatic acid, a container with pink chunks of material, lamp fuel, tubing and a breathing apparatus with filters.

A second search recovered a plastic soda bottle containing a liquid that had separated into two components, capped with a tube running through the cap.

Backman faces a penalty of 15 years and/or $30,000 for the firearm possession count, and 15 years and/or $30,000 for meth precursor possession.

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