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Attack results in multiple felony charges

A 23-year-old Cloquet woman was arrested early Tuesday morning for allegedly assaulting her estranged husband and his female friend. Kristina Marie Trettel faces multiple charges, including one count of first degree burglary, two counts of second...

A 23-year-old Cloquet woman was arrested early Tuesday morning for allegedly assaulting her estranged husband and his female friend.

Kristina Marie Trettel faces multiple charges, including one count of first degree burglary, two counts of second degree assault and one count of terroristic threats. All are felony charges.

At about midnight Tuesday, Trettel allegedly forcibly entered the home of her husband's father on Airport Road in Cloquet. Her husband was there with a woman, according to Darrin Berg, Cloquet Police detective.

At that point, Trettel reportedly began kicking and punching her husband and then grabbed a butcher knife. Trettel then allegedly tried to stab him, but he was able to wrestle the knife away from her.

She then turned her anger on the other woman and began assaulting her, Berg said.

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The man managed to break up the two women, but Trettel allegedly grabbed a different knife and threw it at him. It hit him, but with the handle end of the knife, and didn't cause an injury, according to Berg.

Reportedly, the two continued to struggle, ending up outside, at which point he broke free. Trettel, who was still holding the knife, threatened to kill the woman with it, which led to the terroristic threat charge, said Terry Hill, Cloquet Police deputy chief.

The man was able to get the knife away again, at which point officers arrived at the scene and broke up the fighting, Berg said.

Trettel was then arrested and taken into custody.

She made an initial appearance Wednesday in Carlton County Court as this edition of the Pine Journal went to press.

Pine Journal Editor Lisa Baumann can be contacted at: lbaumann@pinejournal.com .

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