Authorities are reporting to Twin Cities media outlets at to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office that the pair of persons investigators have been seeking in connection to a Wright County assault have been found in International Falls, Minnesota.
A KARE 11 report filed Sunday states Justin Michael Jensen, 28, of Maple Lake and his accomplice, 33-year-old Natasha Leanne Brandenburger of Buffalo were discovered in a residence in International Falls, which is in north central Minnesota, near the Canadian border. Two others in the home were also taken into custody.
Wright County investigators were headed to International Falls to question the pair. Charges are not known at this time.
According to the sheriff’s department, the two are “persons of interest” in the beating of a 19-year-old Buffalo woman, Cheyenne Lee Clough. Clough is clinging to life in a Twin Cities hospital at last report. She was discovered badly beaten at the entrance of Crow Springs County Park, near Rockford, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 1.
The initial investigation indicates that Cheyenne Clough was assaulted and sustained life-threatening injuries sometime between the evening of Tuesday, May 31 and the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 1. Cheyenne was last seen in the early afternoon of Tuesday, May 31st, at a residence located on the 200 block of Birch Ave NW in the City of Maple Lake.
That area has involved the police and one of the suspects in previous years. In the fall of 2014, Jensen was arrested in an organized raid at a home involving the hallucinogen NBOMe, also known as “N-Bomb.” Police apprehended Jensen for 3rd degree possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment in that raid.
Both “persons of interest” have been arrested and charged on multiple misdemeanors. Brandenburg’s are mostly of the traffic/motor vehicle variety, including driving without insurance. Beyond the arrest for drugs, Jensen has also been charged and convicted on charges of disorderly conduct (fighting), domestic abuse, drug possession and obstruction of the legal process, all in Wright County.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s assistance with providing any information as to circumstances surrounding Cheyenne Clough’s assault and to her whereabouts during the aforementioned time period.
Lt. Todd Hoffman, at a press conference held last week, stated the crime was not “random” and that the incident may involve “drug culture.” He also said the investigation, for now, is running on the belief Clough was beaten at Crow Springs Park, but that presumption isn’t concrete.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Wright County Sheriff’s Office communication center at 763-682-1162, WCSO Investigative Tip Line at 763-682-7733, or through Crime Stoppers of Minnesota at www.crimestoppersmn.org