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Poplar man faces felony charges in sickle attack

A Poplar man is set to appear in court today on charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery. The charges stem from a domestic dispute in which he allegedly struck a woman with the handle of a sickle inside her Maple home, and threatened to kill her son if the youth called police.

Nicholas Fredrick Krivinchuk, 25, is facing felony counts of armed robbery, aggravated battery-domestic abuse and intimidation of a victim, as well as misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct-domestic abuse, stemming from the May 3 incident at a Pellman Loop residence. He remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail.

Krivinchuk made his initial appearance in Douglas County Court on May 8.

According to the criminal complaint: Krivinchuk came to the victim’s house demanding money from her. He slammed the victim into a car and ran into the house seeking money. The two fought for about half an hour. The victim’s son grabbed a phone but Krivinchuk told the boy he would kill him if he called the cops. Then he held down the boy, took the phone and smashed it.

As the fight escalated, the son grabbed a sickle to protect his mother. Krivinchuk grabbed the sickle and hit the victim in the forehead with the handle of the implement. Krivinchuk then grabbed the victim’s wallet and car keys and fled in her car, according to the complaint.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a Duluth hospital.

“There was a large laceration on the left side of her forehead that was approximately three inches in length, her skull was almost visible,” Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Culhane wrote in his report.

According to the criminal complaint, the wound required more than a dozen stitches.

When Krivinchuk was located later that night at a different Maple residence, deputies reported he was covered in blood, incoherent and complained of having difficulty breathing. He also had a small puncture wound near the center of his back that was the size of a small pencil or .22-caliber bullet. He told deputies he got the wound when he fell on a tool during a fight with his brother. The victim’s wallet full of cash was found in her car, which Krivinchuk had been driving before his arrest, according to the complaint.

Krivinchuk was transported by ambulance, then helicopter, to the hospital.