Life crime briefs from the April 14, 2017, edition

Man sentenced after parking lot fight

Eric Jose Rodriguez, 32, of Brooklyn Center, was convicted of third-degree assault in Anoka County District Court April 5.

Rodriguez was accused of punching a vulnerable adult in the Monte’s Sports Bar parking lot in Spring Lake Park Sept. 19, 2015.

Spring Lake Park police responded to the business, 8299 University Ave., around 2:20 a.m. Sept. 19, 2015, and heard from witnesses that Rodriguez punched a man twice in the face, according to the criminal complaint. Witnesses said the man was intoxicated and made comments to Rodriguez when Rodriguez asked if the man wanted to fight.

Rodriguez allegedly ran at the man and punched him twice before being pulled off of him by witnesses, the complaint states.

With a bleeding, swollen face, the man required eight stitches and was diagnosed with a fractured jaw, according to the complaint.

The conviction was deemed a gross misdemeanor pursuant to Minnesota statute.

Rodriguez had all but two days of a yearlong jail sentence stayed for two years during which time he will be on probation. He was credited with two days of jail time served.

Rodriguez was ordered to pay $500 in fees.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Sentencing on firearm violation

A 26-year-old man in illegal possession of a firearm in Spring Lake Park was sentenced in Anoka County District Court.

Jacob Allen Weimer, of Champlin, was sentenced April 3 on a felony charge of possession of a firearm or ammunition by an ineligible person. He was sentenced to five years, but given credit for 144 days.

According to the criminal complaint, Spring Lake Park police on July 15, 2016, tried to arrest Weimer because he had active warrants for his arrest. Anoka County court records show Weimer was convicted of felony third-degree burglary in April 2013 and in December 2013 on another felony charge of escaping custody. Because of a probation violation, warrants had been issued for his arrest.

When he was caught in Spring Lake Park, he had a loaded .40-caliber handgun in his waistband, according to the complaint.

While on probation for the other two charges, he was not supposed to have a firearm.

~ Eric Hagen

Man sentenced for selling drugs

A 31-year-old man who was caught selling drugs in Blaine more than three years ago was sentenced April 6 in Anoka County District Court.

A 7-year, 9-month prison sentence was stayed in favor of 25 years probation for Jeremy Michael Torrey. At his sentencing, he was given credit for 292 days served.

According to the criminal complaint, a confidential informant told the Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force that Tossey was offering to sell him psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana.

The transaction happened around 12:30 p.m. Oct. 24, 2013 in a car parked outside a Blaine restaurant. The police quickly moved in after the sale happened. The police recovered 101.4 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and 52.2 grams of marijuana, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Alleged home burglar charged

A Coon Rapids man who allegedly broke into a Blaine home on April 3 was charged two days later in Anoka County District Court.

Jon Michael Dahl, 29, was charged with one count of second-degree burglary. This is a felony.

Just before 12:30 p.m. April 3, Blaine police responded to a call of a man banging on house doors in the 8600 block of Davenport Street. Officers found a suspect that seemed to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He allegedly admitted to stealing laptop computers from a home, according to the complaint.

Authorities spoke with the homeowner who said he found two laptop computers, an Apple iPad and vehicle keys in the back yard that had been inside the house when he had left for work, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Accused shoplifter charged

A 26-year-old woman accused of shoplifting in Blaine was arraigned April 5 in Anoka County District Court.

Casey Michelle Walters, of Loretto, is facing a felony theft charge for allegedly stealing more than $1,400 worth of property from a Kohl’s store in Blaine, according to the criminal complaint.

A loss prevention officer for Kohl’s alerted police on April 3 that a woman put on a new pair of shoes, concealed other merchandise she did not pay for and walked out the door. She was caught in the parking lot by Blaine police.

~ Eric Hagen

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