A 23-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced Sept. 18 in Anoka County District Court to four months in jail because he threatened another man with an air-soft gun that he modified to make it look real.
Aaron Michael Kreitz was sentenced to 120 days in jail for the felony terroristic threats conviction, but given credit for the 80 days he was behind bars after this arrest.
According to the criminal complaint, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputies on the evening of May 14 were dispatched to an Andover home on the 16000 block of Yellow Pine St. N.W. on a report of a gun threat.
The caller told police that Kreitz had pulled out what looked like a chrome-colored handgun and asked “Have you ever been jacked?” He believed the gun was real and threw up his hands to deflect the gun, then ran next door to a neighbor’s house and called 911. He told the police that he was afraid for his life.
Authorities later learned that Kreitz had cut off the orange tip of the fake gun to make it look real.
The court ordered Kreitz to write a letter of apology to the victim within 10 days and provide it to corrections and the judge. Kreitz is not supposed to have any direct or indirect contact with the victim, according to the terms of his one year and one day probation that the court handed down.
Kreitz could also face a $500 court fine unless he earns his GED within 90 days.
Another condition of his probation is he cannot use or possess any firearms or replicas of firearms.
Eric Hagen is at firstname.lastname@example.org