Brossart Family Appears in Court After Standoff ArrestsLAKOTA, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Hours after finally surrendering to law enforcement and ending a months-long standoff, six members of the Brossart family appeared in court Monday.
Updated with video report from inside courtroom
LAKOTA, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Hours after finally surrendering to law enforcement and ending a months-long standoff, six members of the Brossart family appeared in court Monday.
Father Rodney and son Jacob were arrested as they were finishing up harvest in a field about a mile from their home southeast of Lakota, ND. Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke said that he and another deputy approached the two as they were in a tractor at about 2:45 p.m.
Janke said they cornered the tractor, and ordered Rodney and Jacob to get out, but they wouldn't. Janke and the deputy had to physically remove them from the cab, but they weren't armed and the arrest went on without incident.
By 8 p.m. Monday night, Rodney's other children, Abby, Thomas and Alex all agreed to surrender at the home.
Tuesday morning, at the court appearance, Rodney received the highest bail at $100,000 cash only. That was for failure to appear in court on September 12.
Abby Brossart got a $2,000 surety bail for harassment and failure to appear in court on August 26.
Also failing to appear on that date, Thomas, Alex and Jacob received $5,000 surety bonds at the court appearance Tuesday.
The mother of the family, Susan, was not arrested last night. She was released on bail Tuesday for providing false information to law enforcement.
Family members indicated that they would appear for court this time.
Susan is set to appear in court on December 5 for a pre-trial.
The rest of the family is to appear on December 30 for preliminary hearings and arraignment.
The standoff was over three cow-calf pairs that wandered onto the Brossart's property in late June.
According to court documents, Rodney refused to give the cattle back when served a search warrant.