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Charges: Anger with cat escalates into domestic assault

Richard Jacob Kalk

A 24-year-old Brainerd man faces four felonies after alleged anger at a cat prompted him to assault two victims Friday in a Brainerd home.

Richard Jacob Kalk was charged Monday in Crow Wing County District Court and remained in the Crow Wing County Jail late Monday.

The Brainerd Police Department responded to a physical domestic dispute occurring at a home about 8:30 a.m. Friday, according to a criminal complaint filed against the suspect. Two people at the home known to the suspect told police Kalk and one of the victims drank together the night before, and Kalk woke up Friday morning and began drinking again right away.

Kalk became angry with a cat, police learned, because it had defecated on the floor several times. The victims told police Kalk slammed the cat on the floor before both victims retreated with the animal into a bedroom. Kalk apparently demanded to get the cat back before breaking through the door, going after one of the victims. The other victim stood between the two, according to the report, and Kalk slapped her in the face several times and punched her before grabbing her around the neck. This caused the victim to have trouble breathing, nearly forcing her to pass out, police reported.

Kalk then went toward the other victim, allegedly attempting to choke her as well. The victim was able to fend Kalk off, who left the bedroom to return with a knife, the victims said. Kalk also apparently grabbed a BB gun from the bedroom closet during the altercation. Both weapons were wrested from the suspect, and the victims were able to force Kalk from the room, lock the door again and call 911, they told police.

Kalk faces two felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and two felony counts of domestic assault by strangulation. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault for intentionally inflicting bodily harm on another.