Orrin Pinard

Orrin Pinard at a 2019 hearing at the Palmer Courthouse.

WASILLA — A Talkeetna man with an extensive and violent criminal history is back in custody after an arraignment hearing at the Palmer Courthouse Friday, Aug. 7.

Orrin Pinard is facing a felony charge for Assault 2 and a misdemeanor for Assault 3 regarding an incident with a family member.

Alaska State Troopers arrested Pinard early Friday morning after responding to a Talkeetna residence near Mile 97 of the Parks Highway, according to the online dispatch. Pinard, 32 is currently being held in Mat-Su Pretrial without bail.

Pinard’s most recent case prior to this incident was a conviction for criminal mischief in the fifth degree and disorderly conduct after he was arrested for wreaking havoc on a roadway and subsequently damaging an Alaska State Trooper vehicle during transport in 2019.

These are just two of numerous incidents that gave Pinard a notorious reputation for violent and disturbing behavior known to locals and authorities alike. His past is riddled with sexual and physical assault allegations and convictions spanning over a decade.

“It has been my experience dealing with Orrin over the years that his behavior has been getting increasingly more unpredictable and violent over the years. His unpredictable behavior, criminal history, sheer size, and ability to quickly cause a lot of damage has caused several people in the community to be very concerned for their safety,” AST officer Andrew Adams stated in an official complaint filed in 2018.

Adams’ 2018 complaint regarded a sexual assault case in which Pinard allegedly forced himself on a woman at the Talkeetna Baptist Church, according to court documents.

Eight years before the church incident, Pinard’s violent and disturbing behavior hit a boiling point, resulting in numerous charges including assault in the second degree, assault in the third degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and cruelty to animals.

Pinard ultimately pleaded guilty to assault and animal cruelty charges involving a nightmarish scene of violent beatings, bestiality and sexual deviance with his spouse and one of his mother’s dogs.

“Orrin stated that he became angry for being bitten, and also because ‘the dog was causing problems in his marriage’ so he bludgeoned the dog with a baseball bat, killing the dog,” AST officer David Bower stated in his official complaint in the case file.

Pinard’s next court appearance has not been posted on his online court documents.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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