A man appeared in court Monday on allegations he burned his girlfriend with a cigarette lighter, slapped her with the side of a butcher knife and told his sons to get rid of evidence of his meth use after he injected himself with the drug.

Police arrested 33-year-old Dewey Brandon Bear Don’t Walk Jr. on Sunday morning in the 600 block of Howard Avenue after his girlfriend contacted law enforcement, according to charging documents.5473e4fd9941c_preview-620

On Monday, Bear Don’t Walk appeared by video from jail in Yellowstone County Justice Court, where Justice of the Peace David Carter set bond at $50,000 and scheduled arraignment for Dec. 5.

When police began investigating the matter on Sunday, the victim had swelling and bruising around her mouth — and a cigarette burn near her left eyebrow.

She reported that she was in bed at about 1 a.m. when Bear Don’t Walk accused her of cheating on him and started punching and slapping her.

Bear Don’t Walk’s two sons had been sleeping at the time, but woke up during the assault, court records state. He ordered his two children and girlfriend to sit on the kitchen floor and wouldn’t let them leave, she told police.

He “took a lit cigarette and burned (her) on the left side of her eyebrow,” charging documents state. When she tried to get away, Bear Don’t Walk choked her with both hands, according to prosecutors.

Charging documents did not list the children’s ages.

After telling his sons to leave the room, he then took a butcher knife and “slapped it against (his girlfriend’s) leg. He then held it to his throat,” court records say.

The woman was able to get the knife away from him and hid it. When she called 911, records say, Bear Don’t Walk took the phone from her, told a dispatcher that his son had made the call by accident and refused to give her back the phone.

Later, Bear Don’t Walk reportedly found a spoon and told his sons to retrieve an eyeglasses case that had two syringes in it.

The woman told police that Bear Don’t Walk “prepared to inject himself with methamphetamine and at one point asked … for her help,” court records say. “After the defendant injected himself with the methamphetamine, the defendant told his sons to flush the needles down the toilet and wash the spoon.”

He eventually gave the woman back her cellphone, and she was able to call 911.

Inside the home, police found a spoon that appeared to have meth residue and a knife where the woman said she had hidden it.

Bear Don’t Walk faces felony counts of aggravated assault, an alternate count of partner or family member assault, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and misdemeanor charges of unlawful restraint, destruction of or tampering with a communication device and drug paraphernalia possession.















  1. KC says:

    And yet he was not charged with child endangerment. Interesting.