Exercise ball slasher arrested again in Duluth

2:17 PM, May 10, 2011   |    comments
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DULUTH, Minn. -- A man known for having a sexual fetish that involves slashing exercise balls with a knife was arrested for allegedly attempting to strike again on Sunday.

Christopher Neil Bjerkness was arrested at Chester Creek Academy. The school is for children in treatment through Northwood Children's Services.

A Duluth police spokesman says Bjerkness reportedly gained entry through a window about 1:30 p.m. Sunday into a room used for physical and occupational therapy. As he entered, an alarm was triggered and staff located him in the room shortly thereafter. Bjerkness was compliant and waited with staff until police arrived, according to Richard Wolleat, president and CEO of Northwood Children's Services.

Inflatable exercise balls were in the room but none were damaged. There was no other damage except to the lock and window used by Bjerkness.

In 2009, Bjerkness was convicted of third-degree burglary after he admitted breaking into the SMDC-Duluth Clinic West building and slashing balls there.

He was also convicted of first-degree criminal damage to property in 2005 after getting into the Sports and Health Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth on several occasions and damaging exercise balls.

He also admitted at the time to slicing into exercise balls at the SMDC Center for Personal Fitness, the Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center and St. Luke's hospital, according to criminal complaints.

Bjerkness is being held pending charges at the St. Louis County Jail.


With information from The Duluth News Tribune/http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/


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