A 29-year-old Brainerd man faces criminal charges after allegedly threatening two women and throwing an object that nearly hit a 4-year-old girl, causing her to run into a different room to hide because she was upset.
Joel Dean Stewart was charged Friday, Aug. 9, in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with two felonies, terroristic threats and endangering a child; and two gross misdemeanors, domestic assault and interfering with an emergency call.
According to the statement of probable cause filed in court, Brainerd police responded at 9:47 p.m. Thursday to a residence in northeast Brainerd after a 911 hang up call. When the 911 dispatcher called back, they learned a man, who had left walking in an unknown direction, was causing issues.
An officer responded to the residence where there were two adult women, a 1-month-old infant, a 10-month-old child and a 4-year-old child.
One of the women told police Stewart, whom she knows, was intoxicated and came stumbling into the residence and started to cause a disturbance by yelling and shouting about getting money from a bank account.
The woman stated Stewart called her derogatory names so she grabbed $100 and told him she would give it to him if he agreed to leave. Stewart proceeded to shout and he refused to get out of the residence, continuing to demand the money, the complaint stated. The verbal argument escalated and Stewart grabbed what appeared to be a hair trimmer kit in a hard case sitting on the kitchen table and threw it at the woman, missing her but almost hitting the 4-year-old child. Due to the shouting and derogatory language, the 4-year-old became upset and ran into another room to hide from Stewart. The woman also stated due to Stewart’s actions and intoxication level she was fearful he would harm her or cause harm to the children.
Stewart refused to leave the residence so the woman said she was going to call police. Stewart ripped the landline telephone line out of the wall and she was unable to call 911. The other woman in the residence called police. Both women said Stewart threatened them with physical violence if they called police.
On March 24, 2014, Stewart was convicted of the felony domestic assault by strangulation in Hennepin County.
Judge Erik J. Askegaard set bail at $30,000 without conditions or $15,000 with conditions. As of Tuesday, Steward remained in the Crow Wing County Jail in Brainerd.
Judge Askegaard also ordered a domestic abuse no contact order and set Stewart’s next court hearing for Friday.