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Published August 30, 2011, 07:20 PM

Family Accused in 16-hour Lakota, ND, Armed Standoff Won't Leave Property After Warrants Issued

NEAR LAKOTA, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Members of a rural Lakota family who had bench and arrest warrants issued last week still have not turned themselves in. Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke says the Brossarts, who live south of Lakota, refuse to leave their property.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

NEAR LAKOTA, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Members of a rural Lakota family who had bench and arrest warrants issued last week still have not turned themselves in.

Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke says the Brossarts, who live south of Lakota, refuse to leave their property.

The six family members were involved in a 16 hour-long armed standoff at their home on June 23.

Latest charges

On July 29, Abby Brossart allegedly called 911 to report that Nelson County Sheriff's Department officers made death threats against her. Sheriff Janke says that accusation was false.

Abby has been charged with harassment and a warrant was issued for her arrest August 26.

Susan Brossart, Abby's mother, is charged with providing false information to law enforcement in the July 29 incident, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint says that Susan participated in the purchasing of firearms for the family and, when presented with a list of recovered firearms by officers who executed a search warrant, said there weren't any more on their property.

The charge of false information is a Class A misdemeanor. An arrest warrant for Susan was also issued August 26. Susan wasn't charged in connection to the June standoff.

Missed court dates

Three brothers accused in the standoff failed to show up for their preliminary hearing August 26. Bench warrants were issued that day for Thomas, Alex and Jacob Brossart. Bench warrants allow for an immediate on-sight arrest and are issued when defendants fail to appear in court.

The three are charged with terrorizing in the standoff, a Class C felony, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

June standoff

On June 23, officers with the Nelson County Sheriff's Department were attempting to execute a search warrant at the Brossart property after six cattle, owned by a neighbor, wandered onto the property.

Rodney Brossart, the father of Jacob, Alex, Thomas and Abby, allegedly told two officers that if the cows went onto his land, they wouldn't return, according to a criminal complaint.

The six cattle were three cow-calf pairs valued at $6,000.

Rodney refused to allow the officers access to the cattle and resisted when officers tried to arrest him. Rodney eventually was tazed and two officers subdued and handcuffed him.

During his arrest, Rodney allegedly yelled to his son to "go get that" out of an adjacent pickup, according to the complaint. One of the officers blocked Jacob Brossart from the pickup, which contained two rifles resting on the front seat.

Abby Brossart is accused of striking a Nelson County Sheriff's Department sergeant on the arm as he was attempting to arrest her father. For that, she's charged with simple assault, a Class C felony.

After being arrested and placed in a squad car, Rodney allegedly caused over $1,000-worth of damage to the car. He's charged with criminal mischief in that incident.

As officers returned to the property after arresting Rodney and Abby, they were met by the three brothers carrying high-powered rifles, according to Sheriff Janke.

The brothers allegedly pointed the rifles at the officers who were attempting to execute a search warrant. A criminal complaint says that the brothers also ran toward the officers, who then retreated to a safe distance.

At about 10:45 p.m. the Grand Forks SWAT team and numerous other local agencies backed off, but kept in contact with the home.

Officers returned Friday morning at about 10 a.m. and found the brothers unarmed. They were arrested and taken to jail in Devils Lake.

At Rodney's initial court appearance on July 29, KZZY Radio reports that he represented himself and answered nearly every question from the judge by saying, "this is my property, I do not agree to this sale."

He has another court appearance scheduled for September 12.

Rodney is charged with one count of terrorizing, a Class C felony, one count of theft of property, one count of criminal mischief, one count of failure to comply with estray order (for the cattle) and one count of preventing arrest.

None of the Brossarts have retained an attorney.

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