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Girlfriend says boyfriend didn’t threaten her, while police have different story

BISMARCK -- The man accused of threatening his girlfriend and others outside U.S. Foods in Bismarck and fleeing to Wahpeton last month pleaded not guilty to all charges against him on Monday while his girlfriend says she wants charges dropped.

BISMARCK -- The man accused of threatening his girlfriend and others outside U.S. Foods in Bismarck and fleeing to Wahpeton last month pleaded not guilty to all charges against him on Monday while his girlfriend says she wants charges dropped.

James Vann, 31, of Bismarck, is charged with four counts of terrorizing relating to threats allegedly made to his girlfriend, police and two bystanders on May 17.

Alicia Holen, the girlfriend, said she wants the charges relating to her dropped.

"Nothing happened to me. He never threatened me," Holen said in an interview. "I know that I wasn’t a victim, and supposedly that’s where it started."

Vann waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday, essentially admitting that there is enough evidence to go to a trial on the charges.

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According to the testimony of Bismarck Police Officer Mike Renton at a probable cause hearing in May, the incident began as a disagreement between Vann and his girlfriend. Vann followed her as she fled the argument to U.S. Foods. He then threatened people outside the store with a gun.

Holen said in the interview that the two did have an argument. She walked away to avoid the fight and went into U.S. Foods to use the bathroom, as she is six months pregnant.

Vann called local dispatch and threatened to kill the woman and police while he drove to eastern North Dakota, Renton said.

Authorities traced Vann through his cell phone and arrested him without incident in Wahpeton.

Holen questions whether Vann threatened police, since he surrendered peacefully to them later that day.

South Central District Judge Sonna Anderson scheduled a three-day trial for Nov. 30. More than 30 people are listed as potential witnesses, she said.

Vann is being held on $200,000 cash bond at the Burleigh County Detention Center.

Holen, who was unable to be at the hearing due to work, was surprised to hear the trial would not take place for five months. She said she struggles to manage without Vann.

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"We had a system. One would take care of the kids. The other would be at work," said Holen, whose due date is in October. "What am I supposed to do now?"

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