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UPDATE: Duluth firefighter accused of attacking woman now charged with two felonies

Conrad Sunde | 2012 File Photo

DULUTH, MN-- The Duluth firefighter who police say attacked a woman on a hiking trail over the summer now faces two felony charges.

Conrad Sunde, 49, is charged with aggravated robbery and third degree assault.

According to the criminal complaint, the 65 year old victim was startled by Sunde and three off-leash dogs while running on a west Duluth trail in July.

The victim told police she asked Sunde to leash his dogs.

He called her names, so she took out her phone to get a picture.

The complaint said that's when Sunde lifted up his bike and struck the victim in the chest with the front tire. She fell to the ground.

Sunde got on top of her and pushed her face into the ground, fracturing her nose.

They struggled for her phone. The complaint said Sunde took it. An officer later found it tossed down an embankment.

According to the complaint, Sunde admitted his role in the attack to police.


DULUTH, MN -- Conrad Sunde, the Duluth firefighter accused of attacking a woman on a city trail back in July has been suspended for a month.

City officials say Sunde is not getting paid during this suspension but he is still a city employee.

The 48-year-old was previously on paid administrative leave while the investigation played out.

Police say the woman asked Sundae to put his dogs on a leash when he allegedly assaulted her leaving injuries to her face.

Sunde was cited for 5th Degree Assault and his dogs being off-leash.

DULUTH, MN -- A Duluth firefighter who allegedly assaulted a woman on the city's Traverse Trail has been put on paid administrative leave.

According to a statement from Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj Wednesday, Conrad Sunde, 48, was put on leave Monday pending the results of an internal investigation.

The incident happened shortly after 8 a.m. Friday near 84th Avenue West in the city's Norton Park neighborhood.

Police say the woman, who has not been publicly identified, asked Sunde to leash his dogs, which prompted the assault.

She suffered non-life threatening facial injuries.

Sunde had been riding a bike on the trail with three off-leash dogs, police said.

Police later arrested Sunde, citing him for 5th Degree Assault and Dog Off leash.

Briggs LeSavage

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