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ND woman faces charges for claw hammer beating, sexual assault

Rebecca Dakota Grant

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks woman faces life in prison after police said she beat another woman with a claw hammer while sexually assaulting her.

Rebecca Dakota Grant, 30, was scheduled to appear Friday afternoon, June 1, in Grand Forks District Court, where she has been charged with a Class AA felony of gross sexual imposition and three Class C felonies—one count of terrorizing an adult with a dangerous weapon and two counts of aggravated assault against an adult with a dangerous weapon.

Shortly before 1 p.m. May 22, police responded to an apartment for a report of an assault with a hammer against a woman, according to court documents. Grant allegedly used the hammer to strike the woman in the face, court documents said.

Grant then threw the woman to the ground, ripped off the woman's shorts and sexually assaulted her, the court documents said. The defendant also dragged the woman into a bedroom and sexually assaulted the victim "with a foreign object," according to police.

The woman pleaded with Grant to stop, but Grant continued to beat the woman with the hammer, hitting her on her back, stomach and left eye socket, police said. Grant then strangled the woman until she lost consciousness, according to court documents.

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