Son charged with domestic assault of mother
Bruce Francis Gatten, 42, of Spring Lake Park, was arrested June 1 after allegedly assaulting his mother.
With three previous domestic violence convictions and one related conviction in the last 10 years, Gatten was charged with felony domestic assault after allegedly acting in a way that caused his mother to fear for her safety.
The morning of June 1, the Spring Lake Park Police Department responded to call about an incident in the 8000 block of Monroe Street, where Gatten and his mother both live, the criminal complaint states.
According to the complaint, Gatten’s mother told police that her son was drunk and had urinated all over the kitchen. When she was cleaning up, Gatten came towards her, made a fist and allegedly threatened to punch her.
Gatten has previously been convicted of assault for punching his brother.
He faces up to five years in prison and $10,000 fines if convicted in this case.
~ Olivia Koester
First-degree DWI charges
A 39-year-old man was arraigned in Anoka County District Court June 3 on two first-degree DWI charges.
The afternoon of June 1, the Spring Lake Park Police Department received a report of a driver swerving on northbound Highway 65.
After observing the vehicle, police pulled the car over and allegedly found an open Corona beer next to the driver and empty Corona bottles on the floor in front of the passenger seat, the criminal complaint states.
The car smelled of alcohol and the driver, later identified as Gil Valdez Ramirez, no known address, was slurring, the complaint alleges.
Police administered field sobriety tests, and Ramirez took a preliminary breath test that registered a blood alcohol concentration of .303, more than three-and-a-half times the legal limit, according to the criminal complaint.
A little less than two hours after being pulled over, Ramirez’s blood alcohol concentration was .23, the complaint states.
Ramirez was convicted of a misdemeanor DWI in 2010.
At press time, he remained in jail with bail set at $60,000.
~ Olivia Koester
Three sentenced after Terrace Park robbery
Three individuals charged with second-degree aggravated robbery and other counts after a September incident in Spring Lake Park’s Terrace Park have been sentenced.
Jalisa Denise Pugh, 18, of New Hope; Marvis Kidet Peters, Jr., 20, of Spring Lake Park; and Tony Terrell Satterlund, 21, of Brooklyn Center, were arrested for allegedly stealing three cell phones and a wallet from teenagers skateboarding in Terrace Park. Peters and Satterlund allegedly intimated that they had a gun when the theft occurred, according to the criminal complaint.
Aggravated robbery charges were dropped, but the three pleaded guilty to other felony charges.
Pugh was convicted of helping Peters and Satterlund lay low after the theft. She was sentenced to two weekends in jail with credit for 8 days served. She will be on probation for three years.
Convicted of theft, Peters was sentenced to 21 days in jail with credit for four days served. He will be on probation for five years.
Also convicted of theft, Satterlund was sentenced to 45 days in jail with credit for two weeks served. He will be on probation for five years.
Each of the three were ordered to pay $219 in restitution.
~ Olivia Koester
Man attempts to rob Blaine Walmart
A 54-year-old man is accused of showing a gun to a cashier at a Blaine Walmart in an attempt to rob the store before he ran off.
Richard Lee Wicktor, Sauk Rapids, was arraigned June 10 in Anoka County District Court on two felony charges of attempted aggravated first degree robbery and terroristic threats.
According to the criminal complaint, Blaine police were called at 8:24 p.m. on June 7. A cashier told authorities that a man had approached her and asked for change. He allegedly then said he would take the rest of the money in the till, pulling back his jacket to reveal a large black firearm tucked into his waistband.
When the cashier told this man she was unable to open the drawer and would have to get assistance, he fled, according to the complaint.
A tip led law enforcement to suspect Wicktor. His appearance and the vehicle he drives matches what authorities saw on Walmart’s surveillance footage, according to the complaint.
~ Eric Hagen