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Minnesota man accused of hitting ND boss with hammer after getting fired

GRAND FORKS—A fired employee has been accused of attacking his former boss with a hammer in a Grand Forks robbery case.

Kyle Joseph Duray, 24, of East Grand Forks, Minn., appeared Thursday in Grand Forks District Court on a Class B felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon. The charge stems from an August robbery.

According to court documents, Duray worked for Randy Trostad's roofing business but was fired Aug. 28. The same night, Duray went to Trostad's home in Grand Forks and started an argument, charging documents said.

Trostad turned to walk away, but Duray struck his former boss in the head with a hammer he was carrying, court documents said.

"This caused Trostad to fall to the ground and lose consciousness," investigators said in documents.

Duray used his fists and continued to beat Trostad in the head and chest before taking an envelope of cash from Trostad's shirt, according to court documents. Duray also searched Trostad for a wallet but didn't find any, the charging documents said. Duray left with $1,300, investigators said.

A warrant for his arrest was issued in September, and he was booked Tuesday into the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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