FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man sent to prison 20 years ago for assaulting a Minnesota teacher in her home with a tire iron is now accused of hitting his landlord’s 82-year-old wife in the head with a dumbbell.

Forty-one-year-old Joel Johansen of Fargo is charged with aggravated assault in the alleged attack on Carol Wambheim that authorities say fractured her skull. Johansen did not immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment left for him at the Cass County jail.

Police Sgt. Mark Lykken said he did not have information on a possible motive.

The Forum newspaper reports that Johansen’s criminal history includes burglary and assault convictions for attacking a Moorhead, Minn., high school gymnastics teacher in January 1990. He was sentenced to more than five years in prison.

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Comments (9)
  1. Blow the Punk Up says:

    An 82 year old!!!! God in Heaven, you don’t want this punk sent even to Hot Place so let’s just throw a needle in him and let the carcuss rot for the maggots

  2. Billy says:

    Like the picture says above, it was only a 2 1/2 Pound dumbbell..

    1. Tonya says:

      That is just a random picture of dumbbell. Not the actual ones used.

      1. billy says:

        I know, I was kidding..

      2. erikr says:

        Gotta sharpen that sarcasm detector Tonya.

      3. Peever says:

        why?
        everything gotta be sarcastic? can’t have a converstaion that’s normal?

  3. BostonBob says:

    maybe when he gets his next ” in-house vacation” we can all pool together some dimes and get the man some of that new KY jelly with sand …. or they now have something even better?

  4. Michele says:

    He’s a 3 strike! He should never be let out again, the justice system needs to finally put him away for good. I hope the lady is doing ok.

  5. Michele says:

    He’s a 3 strike lock him up for the rest of his life! I hope the lady is doing ok.

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