Crime Briefs from the UnionHerald for the week of June 20

Man gets probation, jail on felony assault plea

A man who pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony charge for attempting to strangle a Coon Rapids woman twice in a domestic incident has been put on probation and given jail time.

Jason Lee Jestus, 43, entered a guilty plea March 24 to a domestic assault by strangulation charge, and at sentencing June 9 a misdemeanor domestic assault count was dismissed.

Jestus was jailed for 180 days with credit for 23 days served.

Probation conditions include no assaulting, violent or threatening behavior, chemical dependency evaluation, domestic abuse and anger counseling, random urinalysis and breath testing on demand, and supply a DNA sample.

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, had become upset with her and choked her twice, first in a headlock and then by squeezing her throat, causing her not to be able to breath.

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

~ Peter Bodley


Coon Rapids business struck by burglars

A Coon Rapids business was hit by burglars this past weekend.

The owner of Industrial Door Company, 9635 Holly St. NW, was contacted early Sunday, June 15 by a person who was mowing the lawn at the business, reporting that a northwest area building rolling door was open.

According to the Coon Rapids Police report, the company owner found items missing from inside the building, while other property had been moved around.

Numerous tools, batteries and miscellaneous items worth in the $3,200 range were reported stolen.

There was no sign of forced entry, the police report states.

~ Peter Bodley

Man pleads guilty to felony DWI charge

A man has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to one of two felony DWI charges filed in the wake of a traffic stop by a Spring Lake Park Police officer.

James Carr Lynas, 26, Big Lake, entered his guilty plea May 19 and will be sentenced Aug. 9. He remains free after posting bail.

The charges were felonies because Lynas had had three prior DWI convictions in the past 10 years – 2006 in Morrison County, 2007 in Anoka County and 2012 in Hennepin County.

The early morning hours of July 26, 2013, the officer noticed a vehicle make a left turn at 81st Avenue and Arthur Street in Spring Lake Park without signaling, according to the complaint.

Initiating a traffic stop, the officer identified the driver as Lynas and noticed he had a smell of alcohol on his breath, his eyes were glassy and his speech was very slurred, the complaint states.

Lynas failed field sobriety tests, then blew a .231 on the preliminary breath test. Later at the police station following his arrest and after being read the implied consent advisory, the Datamaster breath test showed Lynas’ blood-alcohol level to be .18.

~ Peter Bodley

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