UnionHerald crime reports for April 4, 2014

Suspect admits motor vehicle theft

A Coon Rapids man has admitted in Anoka County District Court that he was driving a stolen vehicle when he was stopped by police.

Dean Edward Alexander, 47, who entered a guilty plea March 18 to a felony motor vehicle theft charge, was put on probation for one year and jailed for 219 days with credit for time served in jail since his arrest on the charge June 27, 2013.

According to the complaint, a Blaine Police officer responded to a residence on the 10000 block of Cord Street because of numerous recent reports of criminal activity, including stolen vehicles recovered on the property, and saw two males in the driveway back a vehicle to the garage door.

The driver, identified as Alexander, was told by the officer to turn off the car engine, but he was unable to do so. The officer noticed the ignition was broken, with a screwdriver jammed into the ignition area.

The keys were not in the vehicle, which was confirmed stolen from Minneapolis.

~ Peter Bodley

Burglars hit small retail center

Burglars struck a small retail center in Coon Rapids the night of March 21.

One business was entered, two unsuccessful attempts were made to get into two other businesses and a vacant storefront was broken into at the center, located at Hanson Boulevard and 121st Avenue Northwest.

The morning of March 22, police were called to Twin City Vapor LLC, where there was large hole in the southeast wall, which was adjacent to the vacant store next door. Cash totaling $3,000 was stolen.

Entry to the vacant storefront was made by picking the lock of the rear door, according to the Coon Rapids Police report.

Efforts to break into Smooth Nutrition and Hot Wok, two other businesses in the center, by breaking the window of each front door were unsuccessful, but damage was estimated at $400 at each location.

~ Peter Bodley

Man pleads guilty to burglary at apartment complex

A man, who was found hiding by Coon Rapids Police after he fled from them on foot, has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to one of three felony charges.

Joesf Wayne Jacques, 40, Hopkins, entered a guilty plea March 19 to a third-degree burglary charge and will be sentenced April 21 when theft and possession of burglary or theft tools will be dismissed.

Officers responded to the apartment building on the 11300 block of Robinson Drive Northwest April 12, 2013, on a report of a male running up to the garage area and placing what appeared to be a lawn mower in the trunk of a blue, four-door passenger car and then driving slowly through the parking lot with the lights off.

According to the complaint, police located a vehicle matching the description given that had what looked like a lawn mower hanging out of the trunk, but the driver fled on foot, leaving the car running and unlocked with a snow blower in the trunk.

Following footprints in fresh snow, police found a man identified as Jacques, hiding under a tree and in possession of hammer, flathead screwdriver and needle nose pliers.

Police were told that a shed had been broken into within 100 yards of where Jacques was seen loading the car, the lock having been pried off and property in the shed, valued at more than $1,470, was located nearby, the complaint states

~ Peter Bodley

Anoka woman charged for tax fraud

An Anoka woman has been charged with five tax-related felonies.

Krystyna Marusak, 66, of Anoka has been charged by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office with five counts of filing a false tax return.

Those alleged false returns were filed for the tax years from 2007-2011, according to the criminal complaint.

Marusak is accused of inflating the amount of money withheld from her wages by the State of Minnesota on her tax return, which increased her refund each year.

According to the complaint, for the 2007 tax year, Marusak allegedly claimed $1,100 more was withheld from her wages than there actually was. Those alleged claims were an extra $2,000 for 2008, $2,000 for 2009, $1,000 for 2010 and $1,000 for 2011.

This resulted in Marusak allegedly receiving more than $5,800 in false refunds.

According to the Minnesota Department of Revenue, each charge carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

~ Mandy Froemming

Man pleads guilty to felony assault charge

A man accused in Anoka County District Court of attempting to strangle a Coon Rapids woman twice in a domestic incident has pleaded guilty to a felony charge in Anoka County District Court.

Jason Lee Jestus, 34, of no permanent address, entered a guilty plea March 24 to a domestic assault by strangulation charge and will be sentenced June 9, when a misdemeanor domestic assault count will be dismissed.

He remains free on $2,000 bail, but a no contact order is still in effect.

According to court documents, the night of Sept. 24, 2013, Coon Rapids Police responded to a home on the 10100 block of Wintergreen Street, where a woman who had red marks on her neck, reported that her boyfriend, Jestus, became upset with her and choked her twice, first in a headlock and then by squeezing her throat, causing her not to be able to breathe.

An adult and two children witnessed the assault, according to the complaint.

Jestus was arrested a short distance from the residence.

~ Peter Bodley

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