Inmate assaults, threatens corrections officer

An inmate in custody at the Isanti County Jail is facing two new charges after allegedly fighting with a corrections officer and threatening his family.

Dustin Hunter Grimson
Dustin Hunter Grimson

Dustin Hunter Grimson, 22, of Wyanett Township, was charged before Judge Amy Brosnahan on April 4 in Isanti County District Court in Cambridge with felony fourth-degree assault of a correctional officer and felony threats of violence. His bail was set at $60,000 without conditions or $30,000 with conditions, and his next court appearance was set for April 20.

Grimson was convicted on April 7 of misdemeanors pharmacy, theft and tampering with a motor vehicle without owner permission. He was sentenced by Brosnahan to serve 30 days in the Isanti County Jail with credit for time served since March 31.

According to the criminal complaint:
On April 1, at 7:51 a.m., Isanti County Deputy Brandon Oliver was dispatched to the Isanti County Jail regarding an assault on a corrections officer.

Upon arrival, corrections officer Blake Olson reported that he and corrections officer Sue Leverty went to retrieve breakfast trays from two inmates who were in lockdown for violation of jail rules.

Olson entered Grimson’s cell and asked for his breakfast tray. Grimson threw his breakfast tray at Olson and hit him in the thigh area. Olson then attempted to restrain Grimson and he began to fight with Olson. Grimson was eventually restrained with the assistance of other jail staff and moved to the shower area. While in the shower area, Grimson threatened Olson’s family and threatened to burn down Olson’s home.

Oliver spoke to Grimson, who denied spitting on Olson. Grimson said he only threw his breakfast tray toward Olson, but was not trying to hit him. During the interview, Grimson became agitated and began to yell and swear at Oliver, who then ended the interview.