Skip to main content

Man pleads guilty to attacking Brainerd school staffer in locker room

Charging documents detail the frightening attack.
Jared Allen-Tristen McCormack

A Brainerd man pleaded guilty Monday to attacking a female employee at Brainerd High School earlier this year. 

Jared Allen-Tristen McCormack, who turned 21 on May 7, was arrested Feb. 11 after attacking a 36-year-old woman who had gone to the high school early that morning for a run on school equipment, according to a criminal complaint. 

Video surveillance showed the woman enter the school around 4:40 a.m., with McCormick seen entering the locker room around 5:25 a.m. Following her run, the staffer goes into the same locker room around 6:20 a.m., and 23 minutes later she is seen frantically leaving the room. 

The victim told investigators that she finished her run and took a shower, and when she walked out of the shower she was grabbed from behind, with the attacker trying to pull her down.

She fought back and was able to escape, suffering scrapes to her knees in the process, the complaint says. 

She also described her attacker as a man wearing dark clothing with his face covered and smelling of smoke. McCormick's clothing in the surveillance footage was dark, and the jacket he was wearing upon entering the school was found in a garbage can near the locker room. 

Black pants he was seen wearing were also found in a garbage can in downtown Brainerd. 

Follow Bring Me The News on Google News

During his plea Monday, the Brainerd Dispatch reports McCormick admitted to putting his hands over the woman's mouth and neck in an attempt to make her pass out so she wouldn't recognize him. 

McCormick pleaded guilty to one of four charges – first-degree burglary with assault. He's also been charged with attempted kidnapping, fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct, and fifth-degree assault. 

The criminal complaint notes that McCormick was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 2017 and was not allowed on school grounds. 

Next Up


Police: Teens 'careen recklessly' in stolen BMW, Mercedes in north metro

They ended up crashing the stolen vehicles, with two arrested and two others on the run.

fire truck

Fire table sparks blaze at Edina home

The fire remains under investigation, but fire officials believe it was accidental.

money hundred dollar bills

Charges: California woman embezzled over $1M from MN employer

Mai Xiong faces several federal charges in the case.

Hsa Law Yaw Say

Shot woman who sparked appeal found injured at Twin Cities hotel

Authorities began searching for Hsa Say early Monday morning.


Development may bring changes to Stonebrooke Golf Club in 2023

The popular southwest metro golf course offers scenic views of O'Dowd Lake.


Homeowners alert DNR to grouse hunting complaints in Northland

Some hunters are allegedly shooting directly in front of houses.


Charges: Teen couple tortured children while babysitting in St. Paul

A doctor called this "the worst case of abuse he has seen in over 20 years."


New apartment proposal could spell the end for Myth Live

Myth Live in Maplewood has a spotty past with the surrounding community.

Hsa Law Yaw Say

Police trying to find woman, 18, who was shot at in St. Paul

Police are looking for help finding the woman.


Is an Amazon grocery store coming to Woodbury?

There's six rumored stores in the Twin Cities.


Man sentenced to life in prison for 2021 murder of girlfriend

Lacy Jo Krube, 36, was found unresponsive at her St. Paul home, after she'd been beaten in Brooklyn Park.


Shawn Barta

Charges: State trooper raped 'cognitively delayed' girl in Burnsville

Charging documents say the sexual assaults started in May 2018.

Anoka Middle School for Arts

Former Anoka school teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen boys

The assaults occurred between 2010-2019, court documents say, when the boys were as young as 14.

Michael Walton Hinton

Charges: Man held woman captive, raped, stabbed, and beat her

The man suspected of the crimes has been charged with seven felonies.

Edith Merrell

Charges: Rochester woman bites off piece of man's thumb

She's been charged with two counts of assault.

Dontay Reese

Burnsville man pleads guilty to violent kidnapping

He admitted to taking a woman from Minneapolis in August 2017.

Ex-school staffer charged over sexual contact she had with student in 2013

The then 36 year old was caught in a car with a teenage student.

Jory Wiebrand

Charges: Ham Lake man linked to 10 sexual assaults, other crimes

The alleged crimes took place between 2013 and 2020.

Terrion Sherman

Man, 23, charged in brutal murder of young St. Paul woman

A 23-year-old St. Paul man is facing a second-degree murder charge.