Life crime briefs for May 2, 2014

Man accused of sexually assaulting teen

A 35-year-old man is accused of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly molesting a minor.

Isaac Samuel Rodela, of Robbinsdale, was arraigned in Anoka County District Court on three felony charges April 8.

A 15-year-old female contacted the Columbia Heights Police Department in September, reporting sexual abuse by the father of her aunt’s children, Rodela, the criminal complaint states.

The girl was taken to the hospital, but she later provided police with a taped statement.

In the statement, she said that Rodela began sexually abusing her in 2010, when she was 11 and lived with her aunt and Rodela in Blaine, the criminal complaint states.

Rodela penetrated the girl’s vagina with his fingers twice when she lived with him, she stated, according to the criminal complaint.

Rodela allegedly told the girl to keep quiet about the incidents.

The girl moved out of Rodela’s apartment when her parents moved to Minnesota, but they continued to live in the same building. In the building’s laundry room, Rodela asked the girl to remove her clothing. She said no, but Rodela took off his pants and made her perform oral sex, the girl told authorities, according to the criminal complaint.

He has asked her to perform a number of sexual activities since 2010, she allegedly told police.

In 2012, Rodela allegedly touched the girl’s breasts and vagina over her clothing, she told police, according to the complaint.

An omnibus hearing is scheduled for May 7.

~ Olivia Koester

Woman pleads guilty in forgery case

A Columbia Heights woman pleaded guilty to a felony forgery charge February in Anoka County District Court.

Sentenced April 14, Ligrecia Suquinna Hamer, 21, must serve 60 days in confinement for forging a check of more than $1,500 in August. At sentencing, she received credit for three days served, and if possible, she will serve the remainder of her time through a work release program out of the Anoka County Workhouse.

The court ruled that Hamer must pay restitution of $472. Additionally, the court placed Hamer on probation for five years. She will complete community service instead of paying a nearly $500 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, Hamer presented a Wells Fargo check for $1,595 written to herself at the Your Exchange Check Cashing business, 8187 University Ave., in Spring Lake Park Aug. 28.

Another business had phoned Your Exchange about two females trying to cash a fraudulent check earlier that day, so instead of cashing the check, Your Exchange called the police, the complaint states.

Police spoke with the holder of the checking account, who said that he had not written a check to Hamer and believed the check was stolen by the people that clean his home, according to the complaint.

~ Olivia Koester

Coon Rapids man charged with felony DWI

A Coon Rapids man with a history of drunk driving has been accused of doing it again.

Justin Allen Smith, 31, was arraigned April 15 in Anoka County District Court on a felony driving while impaired charge.

According to the criminal complaint, Smith had a 0.11 blood alcohol concentration during a preliminary breath test after he was found driving to a unlit location on the Blaine High School campus around 2 a.m. April 12.

Authorities discovered that Smith’s privileges to drive had been revoked after alcohol related offenses in July 2004, August 2005 and October 2006.

~ Eric Hagen

Probation for man in possession of stolen vehicle

A Minneapolis man allegedly caught driving a stolen vehicle in early 2012 has been sentenced in a court case that dragged on for years.

Tommy Dean Rock, 22, failed to appear at hearings four times over the last two years; a warrant was issued for his arrest each time, slowing the legal process.

Rock pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property Oct. 31, 2013, and was sentenced last month in Anoka County District Court.

Rock was placed on probation for five years with a variety of conditions. He must submit to chemical dependency and mental health evaluations, comply with random urinalysis and breath testing, cease alcohol use and neither possess nor use firearms, among other conditions.

The court ordered Rock to pay $500 in restitution.

After seeing a “suspicious vehicle” parked on Terrace Road with its engine running and lights on Jan. 21, 2012, Spring Lake Park police ran the license plate to discover the vehicle was stolen out of Minneapolis, the criminal complaint states.

As the car moved down University Avenue, Spring Lake Park and Fridley police stopped the vehicle, according to the complaint.

The female passenger, Brandi Lynn Nelson, 22, and Rock allegedly said in post-Miranda statements that Nelson had taken an unoccupied vehicle left running in a parking lot in Minneapolis.

Nelson, of Ponsford, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property one year ago and was also sentenced with five years probation. A warrant was issued for her arrest April 11 after she allegedly violated parole.

~ Olivia Koester

Charges dropped against Ham Lake brothers

Charges against two Ham Lake brothers were dismissed April 11 because there was insufficient evidence against them, the Anoka County Attorney’s Office determined.

Bradley Paul Schultze, 37, and Brandon Michael Schulze, 34, were charged with receiving stolen property in March.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement recovered 12 crocks, valued at approximately $8,400, in the Schulzes’ home when they executed a search warrant. The crocks had allegedly been reported missing when an antiques store was burglarized.

Brandon Schulze was also charged with fifth-degree drug possession after authorities allegedly found 0.5 grams of methamphetamine on his person upon arrest.

All charges have been dropped.

~ Olivia Koester

SLP teen allegedly steals mom’s car

A Spring Lake Park 18-year-old is accused of two felonies and a misdemeanor after allegedly breaking into her mother’s residence and stealing her car.

Quintiah Lashaye Cooper was arraigned in Anoka County District Court April 23 on first-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and violation of a domestic abuse no contact order.

The afternoon of April 22, the Spring Lake Park Police Department received a call from Cooper’s mother, who reported that her daughter broke into her apartment in the 7770 block of University Ave., violating a no contact order instated less than two weeks earlier.

En route to the address, police received a second call from Cooper’s mother, who said that her daughter had taken her car keys and was out driving around in the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.

When police arrived at Cooper’s mother’s apartment, they found Cooper looking in the refrigerator, the criminal complaint states.

Cooper’s mother and brother were also in the house and allegedly told police that Cooper had entered the apartment through a bedroom window that doesn’t lock and had taken the car.

When the pair confronted Cooper about taking the car, the key “appeared” on the couch, Cooper’s mother and brother told police, the complaint states.

In a post-Miranda statement, Cooper admitted to violating the no contact order and visiting her mom’s apartment, according to the complaint. Allegedly she initially denied taking the car, but then said she had driven it to a friend’s house before returning it.

~ Olivia Koester

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