2 Charged in Red Lake Assaults

Monday, June 7th, 2010 at 10:59 am

Two Red Lake residents were charged earlier this week in federal court for unrelated assaults.

In the first case, Vanessa Kay Cobenais, age 47, was charged with one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

In the second case, Soloman Francis Jourdain, age 22, was charged with one count of aggravated assault with intent to commit murder.

Both were charged on June 1, 2010, via a criminal complaint, and both remain in custody.

Cobenais’s complaint alleges that on May 22, 2010, she assaulted a woman resulting in serious bodily injury. According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, police were called to the victim’s residence at 11:32 a.m. The victim told police she was awakened by Cobenais, who proceeded to jump on top of her and began to punch and kick her. Cobenais also allegedly bit the victim’s inner thigh. With assistance from a third individual, Cobenais left the residence only to later return and begin hitting the victim with a wooden 2X4. The victim sustained two fractured hands a fractured lower leg.

If convicted, Cobenais faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. All sentences are determined by a federal district court judge.

In the second case, Jourdain is alleged to have stabbed his victim on May 23, 2010, while at a graduation party. According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, police were called to a residence at 12:47 a.m. and found the victim laying on the ground with a large laceration on his torso. He was eventually taken to a hospital in Fargo, N.D. and stayed there for a couple of days. The victim told authorities he was trying to settle down a group of young men that were causing trouble, and while he was talking to them, Jourdain, also known as Sol Dez and Soloman Desjarlait, lunged at him and stabbed him several times. After he fell to the ground, others began to punch and kick him while Jourdain continued to stab him.

If convicted, Jourdain faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. All sentences are determined by a federal district court judge.

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