Police arrest man accused of terrorizing pipeline protesters

Police arrest man accused of terrorizing pipeline protesters


A 33-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and charged with terrorizing a man involved in the pipeline protests outside the Ramada Inn in Bismarck. 

Jesse McLain, of Bismarck, was allegedly one of two masked men captured on video yelling expletives and threats, including "take your protestin' ... back home" and "us North Dakota people are going to ... you up," into a vehicle at the hotel at 1400 E. Interchange Ave. on Monday afternoon, according to a Bismarck Police affidavit filed in the case.

Based on descriptions given in the affidavit, McLain is the man wearing a skeleton mask on his face. No charges have yet been filed against the other masked man seen in the video. 

In the video, there are two men being threatened in the car. They say they are unable to leave the scene, because they are blocked in by the masked men's vehicles.

McLain is also charged with terrorizing a bystander who caught the incident on video. McLain allegedly approached the bystander in a menacing way, tried to grab his phone and threw ice and snow in his direction.

Police identified McLain after connecting the license plate on his grey van to a local service company in town, where he is an employee and driver of the van, according to the affidavit.

McLain was released from jail on Thursday afternoon on $2,000 bond set by South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty, according to the Burleigh County jail.

Click here or here to view videos of the incident. WARNING: These videos contains graphic language.

Reach Caroline Grueskin at 701-250-8225 or at caroline.grueskin@bismarcktribune.com


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