Man sentenced for robbery in Anoka
A 27-year-old man who robbed a man in downtown Anoka was sentenced June 23 in Anoka County District Court.
Johnson Sirleaf, of Plymouth, was sentenced to 52 months in prison but given credit for 307 days served for conviction on a felony charge of simple robbery.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim told Anoka police that after he got off a bus at the Main Street stop, a man followed him and asked to use his cell phone. He walked Sirleaf to the courthouse to find a phone to use.
Sirleaf took the man’s cell phone when he took it out to look at the time. He then went through the man’s pockets while holding something to his back and said, “Don’t move or I’m going to kill you.”
The victim reported cash and his bus pass were stolen. He believed Sirleaf had a gun because he had allegedly told him so while they were inside of the government center, the complaint stated.
~ Eric Hagen
Sentencing on DWI, fleeing police
A 34-year-old man was sentenced June 21 in Anoka County District Court for an incident in which he was intoxicated when he fled police in a stolen vehicle.
Dylan Lee Dwayne Bittner, of Princeton, got a sentence of 17 months in jail but was given credit for 71 days served. The charges he was sentenced on were felony-level motor vehicle theft and a gross misdemeanor of second-degree driving while impaired, refusing to submit to a chemical test.
According to the criminal complaint, a Ramsey police officer just before noon April 4 tried to stop a vehicle he saw go into a ditch and then drive back onto Armstrong Boulevard. The driver did not immediately stop and continued onto two other streets before pulling into a driveway. The driver was later identified as Bittner.
The officer saw an empty bottle of alcohol in the back seat, could smell alcohol and saw Bittner had bloodshot eyes, according to the complaint. Bittner refused to do a field sobriety test and needed help from several officers to get out of his vehicle. He was taken to the Anoka County Jail.
Authorities found out that Bittner was driving a car registered to a distant relative who had not given him permission to use the car, according to the complaint.
Bittner has two prior DWI convictions from 2008 and 2011.
~ Eric Hagen
Sentencing on violation of no contact order
A 41-year-old man was sentenced June 29 in Anoka County District Court on a felony charge of violating a no contact order.
Mark Andrew Steadman, of Lino Lakes, was sentenced to 180 days in jail but given credit for 40 days.
According to the criminal complaint, Steadman was arrested March 24 for violating a no contact order after he was found at the Ham Lake home of a woman he was not supposed to be seeing. While at the Anoka County Jail, he called this woman 12 times from March 28 to April 4.
He was convicted in September and November of 2016 of misdemeanor domestic assault in Anoka and Hennepin counties.
~ Eric Hagen
Man accused of threatening with shotgun
An East Bethel man is accused of threatening three people with a shotgun during an argument the evening of June 28.
Ryan Jon Axelson, 36, was arraigned June 30 in Anoka County District Court on three felony assault charges. Two of the charges were second-degree level while one charge was fourth-degree assault,
The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Village Green mobile home park in East Bethel at 11:03 p.m. June 28. There were reports of a disorderly man, and en-route deputies heard this man was armed with a shotgun and had been pointing it at several people, according to the criminal complaint.
Witnesses told deputies that Axelson had been outside from approximately 9:30 to 11 p.m. and that he was yelling, swearing and trying to pick fights with various people.
One man approached Axelson and asked him to stop yelling and swearing. Axelson allegedly went into his home to get a shotgun that he pointed at this man and then at two other people who came to this man’s assistance, according to the complaint.
While deputies were on their way, Axelson walked back into his home with the firearm. A shotgun was located under Axelson’s bed and a shotgun shell was found on his kitchen counter, according to the complaint.
Axelson was arrested and while being brought to the jail in a squad car, he allegedly unbuckled his seat belt and opened the window partition between the back and front seats to spit on the deputy that was driving.
~ Eric Hagen