Man charged with threats, breaking into Andover home

A 36-year-old man was arraigned Sept. 4 in Anoka County District Court on two felonies and one misdemeanor charge for allegedly sending threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend and breaking into her Andover home.

Thomas James Pierce of Minneapolis was charged with felony first-degree burglary and terroristic threats and misdemeanor domestic assault.

According to the criminal complaint, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a burglary in progress report at a home on 138th Avenue at 11:35 p.m. Aug. 31.

Authorities spoke to a 26-year-old woman who accused Pierce of sending her threatening text messages about losing custody of their one-year-old child they had together. She told police he had become angry at her for drawing attention to the Minneapolis Hells Angels motorcycle gang clubhouse where he is a member, according to the complaint.

She told police that she saw him approach her apartment building after 11:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and she locked her door and used the security chain. He allegedly used the key to her apartment he still had, kicked open the door, breaking the chain while she was on the phone with 911 and yelled, “I’m going to kick your teeth down your throat.”

She said she took her children to the bedroom and stayed on the phone with the 911 dispatcher. Pierce allegedly yelled profanities before leaving the apartment.

According to the complaint, sheriff’s office detectives saw several threatening text messages from Pierce on the woman’s cell phone and they took pictures of the broken security chain.

In a post-Miranda statement, Pierce alleged he was supposed to have visitation with his daughter and that was why he was at the apartment. When she did not answer after he knocked, he alleged he used the key to open the door.

He alleged that she for no reason began yelling at him to leave and he talked calmly to her and he had no idea why police were called.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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