Man charged in Coon Rapids hit and run is taken into custody

Nathan Boese
Nathan Boese

A Coon Rapids man charged in connection with the hit-and-run incident the evening of June 13 that severely injured a nine-year-old boy was taken into custody by Coon Rapids Police Tuesday evening.

The Anoka County Attorney Office Tuesday morning filed felony criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily harm (leave scene) and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in great bodily harm charges against Nathan Wade Boese, 32, 10846 Sycamore St. N.W.

A warrant was issued for Boese’s arrest because, according to Lt. Paul Lenzmeier, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, he had reportedly left town and indicated that law enforcement would have to find him.

“Mr. Boese’s attorney contacted law enforcement and advised that the defendant would turn himself in upon issuance of a warrant,” Lenzmeier stated in a press release.

According to Capt. John Hattstrom, Coon Rapids Police, an anonymous tip was received at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday that Boese was at a residence on the 11900 block of Kerry Street.

Officers went to the home, knocked and received no answer, but were given permission via the phone from the homeowner to enter and found Boese hiding in a back bedroom, Hattstrom said.

Boese was expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday morning.

Amir Taylor Minneapolis, was visiting relatives in Coon Rapids when he was struck by a truck at the intersection of 111th Avenue and Kumquat Street N.W. while riding a bike to a park about 7 p.m. June 13.

According to the criminal complaint, the boy was on life support at North Memorial Medical Center until June 16, but had recently regained consciousness and started therapy.

Wendy Jerde, spokesperson for North Memorial Medical Center, said that Taylor was listed in fair condition Tuesday.

He was later transferred to Gillette Children’s Hospital.

The boy was riding the bike in a westerly direction when he was struck by the truck which was being driven south on Kumquat.

The crash was heard and observed by neighbors, who described the truck and the driver that struck the boy, according to the complaint.

Witnesses alleged the truck continued south and stopped a block away, but as witnesses began yelling, the driver accelerated away and did not return to the scene.

Authorities issued a description of the truck given by witnesses, a black, mid-’90s Chevy Z-71 pickup, the damage that was done – driver’s side door and side mirror – as well as a photo of a similar truck to the media and the morning of June 15, Coon Rapids Police got a call from an auto body repair shop in Minneapolis.

When the shop opened for business the morning of June 14, it got a call from a man, later identified as Boese, who said he needed work done right away and would pay cash.

Later that morning, Boese arrived in his truck, a 1996 black Chevy Z-71 pickup truck, and allegedly said he needed the driver’s side mirror replaced as it had broken off and the windshield repaired, as well as dents in the driver’s door.

When police saw the truck, it looked as though the Z-71 stickers had recently been removed and some kind of compound was allegedly present.

Boese’s general physical description matched that given by witnesses, but when police contacted Boese he alleged he was not involved in any type of crash with a child or bike.

He alleged that the damage had been caused by an act of vandalism weeks in Minneapolis, but he had not filed a police report and the stickers had been removed years before by his father.

According to the complaint, police learned that about 30 minutes after the crash, Boese was at his girlfriend’s work place in Minneapolis in the same black truck and video surveillance showed the truck being moved, then he and his girlfriend left in her car.

Video also allegedly showed the clothing Boese was wearing, including an orange-red shirt with a number 10 on the back and a baseball-style hat, as well as what appears to be damage to the truck and Boese wiping or rubbing the area where the impact with the boy had occurred.

During a search of Boese’s Coon Rapids home, clothing allegedly matching that seen on the video the night of the crash was found in a laundry basket, as well as a hat similar to what he was wearing in the video.

A witness from the scene of the crash was shown a photo line-up and allegedly identified Boese as the person who was driving the truck that struck the boy.

The truck was tested for blood and a presumptive test from the driver’s side door area allegedly came back positive for the presence of blood.

According to Anoka County District Court records, Boese was convicted of felony second-degree burglary in 2002 and placed on probation for 10 years at sentencing in January 2003.

Later in 2003, Boese was charged with a felony first-degree controlled substance crime and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Court records show that Boese was not arrested until 2009 and in April 2010 he pleaded guilty to the charge and was placed on probation for 20 years.

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