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Friday, November 16, 2018

Red Lake Man Charged With Domestic Violence

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging DARWIN LEE LUSSIER, SR., 52, with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. LUSSIER was previously charged on October 30, 2018, via federal complaint.[1] LUSSIER made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Jon T. Huseby in U.S. District Court on October 31, 2018.  

According to documents filed with the court, including a law enforcement affidavit, on October 8, 2018, law enforcement responded to calls from a female who reported being the victim of multiple ongoing violent attacks, including being clubbed in the head. The female reported that she was at the LUSSIER’s home and that he had fled.

According to documents filed with the court, including a law enforcement affidavit, responding officers brought the female to the hospital. Upon execution of a search warrant at LUSSIER’s residence, officers found LUSSIER hiding in the basement. Officers also found the spiked club, previously described by the victim.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Department of Public Safety and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad.

Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     


Red Lake, Minn.  


  • Assault with a dangerous weapon, 1 count
  • Assault resulting in serious bodily injury, 1 count



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[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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Updated November 16, 2018