Man allegedly cuts off monitoring bracelet, assaults woman

Adam Charles Jerde

A 35-year-old Brainerd man -- who allegedly cut off an electronic monitoring bracelet he wore while serving on intensive supervised release in Mora -- faces felony domestic assault charges.

Adam Charles Jerde was charged Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with two felonies for stalking and domestic assault and a misdemeanor for obstructing the legal process.

Bond was set at $100,000 without conditions and $50,000 with conditions, but as of Monday he continued to be in custody in the Crow Wing County Jail. His next court hearing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

According to the probable cause document, Brainerd police were called at 10:55 p.m. Sept. 9 to a physical domestic assault at a Brainerd residence. It was reported Jerde threw things at the victim, who further advised police Jerde had an active warrant for his arrest.

While en route, one of the officers stated he had previous contacts with Jerde and warned other officers if he was intoxicated he may fight with police.


Officers went into the apartment to locate Jerde, and one officer spotted a man lying underneath a pool table in the game room and detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage inside the room. The officer could not see the man’s hand and unholstered his weapon, illuminated the man with his flashlight, announced police presence and told him to show his hands.

The man, later identified as Jerde, did not immediately respond. After several commands Jerde began yelling obscenities at the officer, according to police. Jerde then frantically got out from underneath the table and quickly got to his feet. He continued to yell obscenities and was only a few feet from the officer, according to the complaint, and Jerde tensed his arms and puffed out his chest. Jerde bounced back and forth on his feet with his eyes wide open and shouted at the officer in an aggressive tone, "What are you going to do about it?" the complaint stated.

Because Jerde was displaying aggressive, hostile behavior the officer, after several warnings, used a stun gun to subdue him. Jerde was then placed under arrest and handcuffed.

Jerde stated he knew the stun gun deployment could have been avoided but he did not want it to be avoided, the complaint stated, and he was laughing and joking around.

Jerde refused a preliminary breathalyzer test and allegedly became belligerent again, threatening to assault the officer when they arrived at the jail. Once at the jail, Jerde refused to get out of the squad car, police reported, but he was eventually escorted into the jail by Crow Wing County sheriff’s deputies. Jerde allegedly told police if he is going to be charged with domestic assault he would go away for a long time and assaulting a police officer would not add time to his sentence. He was placed into a holding cell and while handcuffed, he began striking the door to the holding cell. The officer asked Jerde if he wished to give a statement about the domestic assault incident, and he responded by running and striking his head with significant force into the cell door, the complaint stated.

After Jerde was in custody, officers spoke with the victim, who appeared very frightened and she had been crying. She also had some redness to the left side of her face underneath her eye and her cheekbone area, police reported.

The victim stated that night, as well as nights prior, Jerde was consuming copious amounts of alcohol, and he began calling her names and shouting at her. At one point, she looked at Jerde and asked, “Did you say something?” and he stood up and stood over her while she sat in an armchair. Jerde placed both his hands around her upper arms and pushed her back into the chair, the victim stated, before striking her cheek with a beer.

The woman told police Jerde physically assaulted her in the past, and he was convicted in February 2018 for felony domestic assault and served prison time for the assault against her. Additionally, Jerde has numerous prior convictions for domestic violence-related offenses in 2012 and 2014 in St. Louis County.

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