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Brainerd man threatens to kill man during argument

Brainerd officers arrived on scene and could hear shouting and screaming coming from upstairs and found two men shouting at each other in the common area of the apartment, court documents stated.

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The Crow Wing County Judicial Center is off Laurel Street in Brainerd.

A 37-year-old man faces criminal charges for threatening to kill a man during an argument at a Brainerd apartment complex.

Preston David Franzen has been charged with making felony threats of violence and two counts of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct. He made his first appearance on the criminal charges Tuesday, March 16, in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd.

According to the court document filed against Franzen, Brainerd officers were called at 11:36 p.m. March 12 to an apartment on the 600 block of Washington Street for a domestic disturbance involving Franzen. Officers arrived and could hear shouting and screaming coming from upstairs. They found Franzen and another man shouting at each other in the common area of the apartment.

Preston David Franzen
Preston David Franzen

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The victim told officers Franzen often caused disturbances in the apartment building, and when he confronted Franzen about his behavior Franzen threatened to kill him.

While officers were trying to get information from Franzen, he continually made derogatory and racist comments toward the victim and another tenant. At one point, Franzen told the officers the victims were “disrespectful immigrants that need to be deported” and that he was “sick of colored people moving in” apartment complex.

Franzen’s next court hearing is scheduled June 17.

Preston David Franzen
Preston David Franzen

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