Police Arrest Bismarck Man Caught on Video, Wearing Mask, Threatening Pipeline Protesters

Jesse McLain, 33, of Bismarck, was arrested on two counts of terrorizing.

Man in Skeleton mask charged with Terrorizing

Red Power Media | Dec 08, 2016

Bismarck Police have arrested one person involved in an altercation with several people outside the Ramada Inn on December 5th.

On Wednesday, a 33-year-old man was arrested and charged with 2 counts of terrorizing after video caught two masked men threatening Dakota Access Pipeline protesters and a bystander.

According to the Bismarck Tribune, Jesse McLain, of Bismarck, was allegedly one of two masked men in a video yelling expletives and threats, including “take your protestin’ … back home” and “us North Dakota people are going to … you up,” into a vehicle at the hotel on Monday afternoon, according to a Bismarck Police affidavit filed in the case.

Based on descriptions given in the affidavit, McLain is the man wearing a skeleton mask on his face.


Man in Skeleton mask charged with terrorizing

In the video, there are two men being threatened in the car. They say they are unable to leave the scene, because they are blocked in by the masked men’s vehicles.

McLain is charged with terrorizing the bystander who also caught the incident on video. McLain allegedly approached the bystander in a menacing way, tried to grab his phone and threw ice and snow in his direction.

Police identified McLain after connecting the license plate on his grey van to a local service company in town, where he is an employee and driver of the van, according to the affidavit.

McLain was released from jail on Thursday afternoon on $2,000 bond set by South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty, according to the Burleigh County jail.

He faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each charge.

No charges have yet been filed against the second masked man seen in the video.

viral video of the altercation viewed more than 1.3 million times was posted on Facebook by Dean Dedman Jr., also known as Shiye Bidziil, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in South Dakota. Dedman confirmed to the Grand Forks Herald the video was shot by him.


4 thoughts on “Police Arrest Bismarck Man Caught on Video, Wearing Mask, Threatening Pipeline Protesters

  1. We are watching and listening and are appalled by this terrorist behavior exhibited by Jesse McLain from Bismarck, North Dakota. We are hopefully there will be justice against this terrorist act, without the footage and assistance by upstanders, this Water Protectors could have suffered serious injury. This should never happen in our country! Please punish him, giving him the maximum penalty, we as Americans do not feel safe with having him on the streets. Please also require him to go to sensitivity and anti-violence classes/therapy.


  2. Terrifying to watch. Bless the bystanders!!! If the kids had been alone, one could have been abducted into that van, and we may never seen him again. LoveTrumpsHate. #TheWholeWorldIsWatching STILL!!!


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