Crime briefs for March 21, 2014

Warrant issued

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man who has been charged in Anoka County District Court with two offenses after Coon Rapids Police responded to an assault report at the Inn Town Suites, Coon Rapids.

The Anoka County Attorney’s Office Feb. 5 filed a felony domestic assault by strangulation charge as well as a misdemeanor domestic assault count against Christian Joseph Cody, 31.

Cody’s whereabouts are unknown.

The morning of Feb. 1, police went to the hotel and met with a woman who stated she had been living at Inn Town Suites with her boyfriend, Cody, according to the complaint.

The woman alleged the two of them had been arguing and Cody held her down by the throat and punched her in the head several times.

Cody then allegedly used his hands to choke her, impeding her airway for several seconds.

~ Peter Bodley

Felony charges dismissed

Felony assault and threats charges filed against a woman for an incident in Coon Rapids May 24, 2013 have been dismissed by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office.

Sabina Yuku Jallah, 21, Golden Valley, had been scheduled to go on trial in Anoka County District Court March 10 on second-degree assault and terroristic threats charges.

But in a court filing March 5, prosecutor Jennifer Verdeja, assistant Anoka County attorney, asked the court to dismiss the charges because the prosecution was “unable to secure a necessary witness and therefore cannot prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Jallah had been accused of attacking her boyfriend with a knife and threatening to kill him at a residence on the 3600 block of Coon Rapids Boulevard.

~ Peter Bodley

Domestic assault charge

A Coon Rapids man with prior domestic violence-related convictions has been charged in Anoka County District Court with another – a felony.

Ryan Charles Rundle, 28, was arraigned in court Feb. 7 on a felony domestic assault count. Bail was set at $5,000, and he is due back in court March 6.

Court records show that Rundle was convicted of terroristic threats and fifth-degree assault, both in 2012 and both in Wright County.

The morning of Feb. 6, Coon Rapids Police responded to an assault report at a residence on the 9700 block of Zilla Street Northwest, where a woman told officers that she had got into an argument with Rundle, the father of her children, during which he put both hands round her throat and pushed her down onto the couch, according to the complaint.

~ Peter Bodley

Man sentenced for stealing collectibes

A 27-year-old man was sentenced Feb. 19 in Anoka County District Court for a felony theft charge.

Jared Thomas Swanson of Elk River stole 278 collectible coins valued at $2,579.50 from Midwest Pawn in Anoka April 29, 2013, according to the criminal complaint.

Swanson was sentenced to 21 months in prison, but given credit for 204 days already served.

According to the complaint, authorities located Swanson while also investigating him as a suspect for a motor vehicle theft case out of Elk River. Court records show that Swanson was convicted of felony theft Dec. 26, 2013 in Sherbune County District Court.

~Eric Hagen

Shoplifter pleads guilty

A shoplifter who fled Coon Rapids Police in his vehicle has pleaded guilty to a felony charge in Anoka County District Court.

In a plea agreement Jan. 22, Tarmaine Philon Taylor, 33, St. Paul, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of attempted fleeing police in a motor vehicle – the original charge did not include “attempted” – and will be sentenced March 27 when a misdemeanor theft count will be dismissed.

Taylor was released on his own recognizance following his guilty plea.

Coon Rapids Police responded to a theft call from Walmart, 13020 Riverdale Drive NW, on Oct. 28, 2013, where a loss prevention officer observed a male take merchandise and leave the store without paying for it, despite employees’ attempts to stop him, according to the complaint.

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