Firefighter arrested in Duluth trail assault

Firefighter arrested in Duluth trail assault

Updated: July 10, 2020 10:43 PM

Police have arrested and cited a Duluth firefighter accused of assaulting a woman on the Traverse Trail on Friday morning.

The incident happened around 8 a.m. on the trail above the 84th Avenue West trail entrance. A 65-year-old woman told police she encountered a man riding a bike on the trail with three off-leash dogs.

The woman said she asked the man to leash his dogs, which prompted an assault that left the woman with face injuries.

According to a police news release, officers later made contact with the 48-year-old suspect, Conrad John Sunde, who is a firefighter with the Duluth Fire Department. He was arrested and issued citations for fifth-degree assault and dog off leash.

Duluth Chief Administrative Officer Noah Schuchman issued a statement saying the city is aware of the incident.

"We are aware of an incident involving a City of Duluth employee. We take these matters very seriously. Because this is a personnel matter, the City of Duluth will have no further comment at this time," Schuchman said.

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