Four charged with throwing explosives into Anoka yard

Four men have been charged in Anoka County District Court following an early morning incident when four home-made explosives went off in the front yard of a home on Van Buren Street.

Anoka residents Cody James Lyle Selix, Jacob Grant Raeker, Nicholas Dean Strodtman and Dustin David Leonard are all facing a felony charge for an explosive device violation.

Around 10:35 p.m. April 15 the Anoka Police Department responded to a report of explosions on the 500 block of Van Buren Street when police received four simultaneous 911 calls.

Police spoke with the homeowners who reported being inside and seeing males in a Dodge Charger throw items into their front yard, then hearing two loud explosions, according to the complaint.

The homeowner told police he went outside to investigate and as he walked toward the street, there was an explosion three feet in front of him.

The homeowner’s son and a neighbor got into a vehicle and followed the Charger, stopping it nearby until police arrived.

Police identified the occupants as Hesse, Strodtman, Selix and Raeker.

According to the complaint, police found the remnants of four homemade pop-bottle bombs near the home on Van Buren.

While being interviewed by police, Raeker and Strodtman allegedly confessed to the incident, describing how they made the explosive devices and threw them into the yard.

“This is an isolated incident because of a ongoing disagreement between two groups,” said Capt. Scott Nolan of the Anoka Police Department.

Nolan said it is absolutely not gang related.

All four charged were still in custody Tuesday.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]

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