UnionHerald crime briefs from the May 5, 2017, edition

Oak Grove man accused of receiving stolen property

Jeb Anton Letourneau, 29, of Oak Grove, is scheduled to make his first appearance in Anoka County District court on a receiving stolen property felony charge May 17.

Letourneau was charged with receiving stolen property April 18 after law enforcement searched his home and found a stolen 2012 Bobcat skid-steer worth more than $1,000, the criminal complaint states.

Law enforcement came to Letourneau’s home in August 2016, and he allegedly said a friend brought the Bobcat to his property and asked him to remove identifying markings, according to the complaint.

A week later, law enforcement spoke with Letourneau’s father about a stolen Chevrolet pickup truck, which he said Letourneau had brought over to his property, also in Oak Grove, the complaint states. Letourneau allegedly confirmed with law enforcement that he knew the truck was there, and he helped officers remove the truck.

When prompted to provide information about a stolen Felling trailer, also valued at more than $1,000, Letourneau told law enforcement he knew the whereabouts of the trailer, but did not want to get anyone in trouble, according to the complaint. He brought the trailer to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, the complaint states.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Fridley man picked up twice in Coon Rapids

A 43-year-old Fridley man was arrested twice for third- and fifth-degree drug possession in a 10-day span this month.

John Edward Juneau was stopped by Coon Rapids police on Sand Creek Drive around 1:30 a.m. April 11. His vehicle had expired registration, according to the criminal complaint.

As police approached the vehicle, Juneau allegedly made “furtive movements” to hide something in the center console, the complaint states.

A trained canine alerted on the vehicle for the presence of drugs, and two bags were found containing a white substance that tested positive for a total of 13 grams of methamphetamine. Cash totaling $1,428 was also seized, according to the complaint.

Ten days later, around 3:45 a.m. April 21, Coon Rapids police reported to Willy’s Bar after a drunk man was reported in the parking lot.

Approaching a vehicle with a lone male occupant, police saw a meth pipe, found a spoon with traces of a white substance and picked up a package of nine unused hypodermic needles, according to a second criminal complaint.

Traces on the pipe and spoon tested positive for meth, the complaint states.

Juneau was arraigned on both charges April 24 in Anoka County District Court.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Man charged with assault, false imprisonment

Chad Anthony Robinson, 32, of Hastings, is accused of second- and third-degree assault and false imprisonment after allegedly hitting a man repeatedly with a gun and forcing two individuals into a vehicle at gunpoint.

Blaine police April 20 spoke with a man who said he had been “pistol whipped” by Robinson, according to the criminal complaint.

He said he and a female friend were driving to East Bethel when they received a call from someone in Blaine who wanted them to stop by, the complaint states.

They went to the residence and walked into the garage. The man was approached by Robinson, who accused him of stealing his vehicle and then hit him in the head with a black handgun, causing him to lose consciousness for a short time, he told police, according to the complaint.

Some time later, Robinson allegedly ordered the man and woman into a vehicle at gunpoint and then drove the vehicle to Wal-Mart in Blaine. There, the man was able to run inside and call for help, the complaint alleges.

The man told police he was concerned about the woman. He was taken to Mercy Hospital where he was advised to undergo surgery with a facial fracture and possible internal bleeding, the complaint states.

Police went to the woman’s last known residence and found her there with Robinson, the complaint states.

She said she saw Robinson knock her male friend out in the Blaine garage. She said Robinson had something in his hand that appeared to be larger than a knife, but she could not be certain it was a gun, according to the complaint.

Robinson allegedly denied doing anything wrong and said he was never in that Blaine garage.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Man accused of assaulting another in Anoka camper

Robert Thomas Croteau, 36, allegedly attacked an Anoka man with a fire extinguisher in the man’s own camper.

Croteau, no permanent address, was arraigned in Anoka County District Court April 25 on second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal property damage charges, a felony and misdemeanor, respectively.

Anoka police responded to a residence on Branch Avenue April 23 after the property owner was reportedly assaulted.

The property owner said he found Croteau inside his camper. When he entered the camper, Croteau tried to hit him with a fire extinguisher, but the property owner punched him and laid on top of him until help arrived, the criminal complaint states.

Before the alleged assault, Croteau allegedly discharged the fire extinguisher, causing damage inside the trailer, according to the complaint.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Man convicted of gun violation

Brian Bradley Petschen, 39, formerly of St. Francis, was convicted of firearm violation, a felony, and obstruction of the legal process, a gross misdemeanor, in Anoka County District Court April 25.

Petschen had two additional felony charges, intentional and reckless discharge of a firearm, dismissed at sentencing.

St. Francis police responded to a report of shots fired near the 4300 block of 236th Ave. NW around 1 a.m. Dec. 31, 2016.

Upon hearing four shots, police moved to a playground near the intersection of 235th Lane and Hopi Street where they encountered Petschen with what appeared to be a handgun tucked under his left jacket cuff, the criminal complaint states.

Petschen struggled with law enforcement when they tried to apprehend him, but officers ultimately seized a loaded handgun, according to the complaint.

Petschen smelled like alcohol and refused to take any tests because he said he was drunk, the complaint alleges.

He had a five-year prison sentence stayed for 15 years and was ordered to serve one year in jail with credit for 47 days served.

He was ordered to complete 50 hours of community services and will be on probation for 15 years.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Three charged for Anoka home robbery

Three people are facing felony charges in Anoka County District Court for allegedly robbing a man in his Anoka home on April 29.

Minneapolis residents Danial Levercom, Jr., 23, and Michael Levercom, 27, and Coon Rapids resident Jenna Boone, 27, were arraigned May 2 on felony charges of aggravated robbery in the first degree and first-degree burglary.

According to the criminal complaint, Anoka police were called to the robbery report at 55 Pleasant Street at 5:38 p.m. April 29. The victim said after parking his truck in the garage and getting out, he was hit by a man later identified as Michael Levercom. Danial Levercom, Boone and two males who still have not been identified were also present.

Michael Levercom allegedly took this man’s tool bag, keys, wallet and cell phone. The two Levercoms, Boone and one of the other unidentified men who had white spiky hair then entered his home. The male who stayed behind in the garage told the victim to keep his head down. He apologized and gave him a cigarette at one point, according to the complaint.

The victim saw Danial and Michael Levercom and Boone leave the home carrying items and leaving in multiple vehicles. He went inside his home and found that four firearms, two televisions and computer equipment had been stolen, according to the complaint.

Officers saw that the victim had an abrasion to the back of his neck and an injury to the right side of his face which was bleeding, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Woman sentenced on assault case

A Ham Lake woman who assaulted another woman in her home was sentenced May 1 in Anoka County District Court.

Divina Marie Sulentich, 39, was sentenced to 120 days in jail on a felony charge of threats of violence. But the court order states if she complies with all recommendations following a mental health evaluation she would not need to serve any more jail time. She was given credit for 22 days served.

According to the criminal complaint, 911 dispatch received a call about an alleged assault at 11 p.m. Oct. 2, 2016. Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a Ham Lake home in the 16400 block of Isanti Street.

The victim said she was locking her door when Sulentich barged in and began assaulting her. She told police she knows Sulentich.

According to the victim’s version of events as detailed in the complaint, she claimed that Sulentich pushed her against the refrigerator, knocked her to the ground and punched her in the head several times. She said Sulentich tried to pull a knife out of a sheath but was unable to get it out.

The victim told police that Sulentich said to her, “You’re lucky I can’t get this off or I would kill you,” according to the complaint. She said Sulentich was the one who called 911.

Sulentich told police in a post-Miranda statement that she entered the home and assaulted this woman, but denied threatening her with a knife, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

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