UnionHerald crime briefs from the Aug. 18, 2017, edition

Man convicted of first-degree DWI

A 55-year-old Crystal man was convicted of felony first-degree DWI in Anoka County District Court Aug. 8.

David Alan Hall was arrested outside of Little Dukes gas station in Ramsey after 10 p.m. Sept. 13, 2016.

An employee of the gas station called police and told them Hall entered the store to ask for directions and appeared extremely intoxicated, according to the criminal complaint. The employee said he did not think it was safe for Hall to leave as he almost fell down several time and could not keep his balance.

Hall told police he was driving from Park Rapids to his home in Crystal and needed directions, but soon afterward, he said he was driving from Grand Rapids and had consumed a six pack of beer five or six hours beforehand, the complaint alleges. He said he had been sober for nine years and slipped up.

A breath test indicated Hall’s blood alcohol level was 0.31, nearly four times the legal limit, according to the complaint.

A prison sentence of five years and four months was stayed for seven years, during which time Hall will be on probation with a number of conditions, including that he not enter any business where alcohol is the primary source of revenue.

Hall was ordered to serve 252 days in jail with credit for all days served.

He was fined $200 and may do community service in lieu of paying the fine.

A second first-degree DWI charge was dismissed at sentencing.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Multiple items stolen in burglary

A residential burglary in which multiple items were reported stolen is under investigation by the Coon Rapids Police Department.

A man returned to his home on 109th Lane NW shortly before 2 p.m. Aug. 3 to find the overhead garage door open, the front door kicked in and signs of a burglary, according to the police report.

Police were called and arriving officers found a rear basement window open and multiple items were missing, including house and vehicle keys, two laptop computers and an iPad, the report states.

The burglary is believed to have taken place between 6:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Aug. 3.

~ Peter Bodley

Blaine woman accused of theft

An employee has been accused in Anoka County District Court of stealing some $5,600 over a six-week period from a Coon Rapids store.

Salina Son Ly, 21, Blaine, was arraigned in Anoka County District Court Aug. 7 on a felony theft charge, She was released on her own recognizance with her next court appearance set for Sept. 12.

According to the complaint, Coon Rapids Police responded to the Walgreens store at 10686 University Ave. NW, the early afternoon of Aug. 4 where the asset protection manager reported that an employee, Ly, had stolen money from the store by placing it on a pre-paid Visa card and using the card to shop for clothing and groceries.

In a post-Miranda statement, Ly allegedly admitted to the theft of some $5,600 over a six-week period and said no one else was involved.

~ Peter Bodley

Felony assault charge reduced to misdemeanors

A 17-year-old Coon Rapids teen charged in Anoka County Juvenile Court with felony assault has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts.

A delinquency petition charging Julian Elliott Nixon with felony second-degree assault was filed by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office April 10, but in a plea agreement in Anoka County Juvenile Court Aug. 2, he entered guilty pleas to two misdemeanor counts – possession of a dangerous weapon and fifth-degree assault.

The case was transferred to Hennepin County Juvenile Court for disposition.

The evening of April 9, Coon Rapids responded to a residence on Palm Street on a report of an altercation between a juvenile and his stepfather, 47, who had been bitten on the wrist by Nixon following a disagreement about a gaming system controller and some video games which escalated to a physical fight.

The petition states that when the stepfather went into the garage to stop Nixon from leaving, Nixon pulled a large knife about 12 inches long, held the knife up near his ear with his arm at a right angle and the blade pointed at his stepfather, who was about two feet away, before eventually putting the knife down and leaving.

After he was arrested, Nixon told officers there was a knife in a bag he was carrying and it was the one he had pulled on his stepfather. The handle of the knife was sticking out of the bag and police removed it.

Editor’s note: The names of juveniles charged in juvenile court with felony offenses are public record.

~ Peter Bodley

Burglars strike apartment rental office two nights in a row

The rental office at the Tralee Terrace apartment complex, 9900 Redwood St. NW, Coon Rapids, was hit by burglars on two successive nights, July 31 and Aug. 1.

There was no sign of forced entry in the first burglary with all doors to the rental office and all windows securely locked. Cash in a lock box was stolen as well as two digital maintenance devices, a folder full of renters’ personal information, seven master keys to different areas of the building and at least five rent checks from tenants.

When police responded to the second burglary, which took place the next night, officers were told that the rental office, which was not locked because the locks were being changed, was entered through the attached community room. A key fob was used to open the locked door of the community room, the police report states.

From the community room, a 50-inch television set, valued at $400, was stolen and from inside the office, several old deposited rent checks were taken as well as rent checks that had not yet been deposited.

~ Peter Bodley

Thieves target Verizon

Three men stole $2,500 worth of merchandise from the Verizon store, 2740 Main St. NW, Coon Rapids, Aug. 2.

According to the Coon Rapids Police report, three black males entered the store about 7 p.m., took five Beats by Dre solo headphones and five Mophie phone cases with battery packs, then fled the store without paying for them.

Store employees saw the suspects running to a waiting blue Volkswagen sedan, which was driven out of the parking lot the wrong way on to eastbound Main Street.

One suspect was described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, 220 pounds, with long dreadlocks and wearing a white T-shirt with red shorts; the second was 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 pounds, with “poofy” hair similar to a short Afro and wearing a white T-shirt; and the third was 5 feet 7 inches tall, 160 pounds, with short hair and wearing a blue basketball jersey, which looked like a “Hornets.”

All appeared to be in their late teens to early 20s, the police report states.

According to the police report, the store manager had received an email from the Verizon Maple Grove store about a similar theft.

When the Coon Rapids officer contacted a Maple Grove Police sergeant, he learned that the vehicle was not the same, but the description of the suspects was similar.

~ Peter Bodley

Woman accused of stealing from Herberger’s

A 24-year-old Coon Rapids woman was arrested after allegedly filling her purse full of $1,112 in Herberger’s merchandise.

Berenice Estudillo Cruz is scheduled to make her first appearance on the felony theft charge in Anoka County District Court Aug. 28.

Blaine police responded to the Herberger’s in Northtown Mall around 11:30 a.m. May 11.

A loss prevention officer said he saw Cruz stuff a bag of merchandise in her purse and leave the store before employees detained her, the criminal complaint states.

Police found the bag of Herberger’s merchandise on Cruz’s person, the complaint alleges.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Anoka man charged with domestic assault

James Gregory Brisse, 55, of Anoka, was arraigned in Anoka County District Court Aug. 2 on a felony domestic assault charge.

Around 2:45 p.m. July 31, law enforcement responded to Brisse’s residence where a woman and another witness said he threatened to kill her, the criminal complaint states.

When asked by the women if he had a gun, Brisse allegedly said no, but he could use a knife instead, according to the complaint.

Law enforcement confronted Brisse, who was drunk and admitted to arguing with the woman, the complaint alleges.

Brisse has previously been convicted of domestic assault and terroristic threats in other counties.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Marijuana buy goes bad

A Fridley man has been charged with three felony crimes – first-degree aggravated robbery and two counts of second-degree assault – in Anoka County District Court.

Anoka police responded to a one-vehicle accident around 1:30 a.m. July 31 and found that a vehicle had crashed into a tree, according to the criminal complaint.

The driver of the vehicle allegedly told police he had arranged to meet Tarek Chistopher Meshke, 19, down the road to buy $20 to $40 of marijuana. The driver pulled out $120, and Meshke grabbed it while another individual, whom the driver did not know, pointed a gun at him, the complaint states.

Meshke and the other individual ran away, and when the driver pursued them, the unknown individual allegedly fired a shot at the vehicle. To avoid the bullet, the driver swerved and hit the tree, according to the complaint.

The driver’s girlfriend, a passenger in the vehicle and present for the incident, told law enforcement the same thing, the complaint states.

Tarek was arraigned on the three felony charges Aug. 2.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Andover man charged with sex crimes

Richard Keith Rathbun, 51, of Andover, has been charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct after allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl at his residence.

The victim went to Mercy Hospital Feb. 26 to report that she had been sexually assaulted the pervious evening, Feb. 25, by Rathbun, according to the criminal complaint.

She was evaluated and underwent a sexual assault examination where swabs were taken from her body.

The victim told law enforcement she was at Rathbun’s home and after dining with him and hanging out, she tried to sleep on a couch, but was afraid. So she moved to an air mattress in Rathbun’s bedroom, the complaint states.

She allegedly woke up to Rathbun touching her breasts and vagina under her clothing at which point she told him to stop and that what he was doing was wrong, according to the complaint. But Rathbun allegedly took her hand and placed it on his penis before raping her.

He denied having any sexual contact with the girl, and even after swabs collected were determined to have semen on them that DNA evidence suggested belonged to him, he denied it, the complaint states.

He allegedly told law enforcement that the victim must have picked up his DNA in the bathroom where there would have been semen, according to the complaint.

Rathbun was arraigned in Anoka County District Court Aug. 2.

~ Olivia Alveshere

21-year-old St. Francis man accused of assault

Tyler Raymond Mcallister, 21, of St. Francis, is accused of physically assaulting and threatening a woman at his place of residence Aug. 2.

Mcallister was charged with felony and misdemeanor domestic assault and felony threats of violence in Anoka County District Court. He was arraigned Aug. 4.

Around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Mcallister and the victim got into an argument, the woman told law enforcement, according to the criminal complaint.

Mcallister was drinking and accused the victim of cheating on him before he grabbed her cell phone and threw it to the ground, the complaint alleges.

He allegedly grabbed her in a chokehold three times, threw her against the wall and the bed, and threatened to murder her, the complaint states.

Law enforcement noted multiple bruises and scrapes on the victim’s body, the complaint states.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Domestic assault reported in Coon Rapids

Derek John Jordan, 24, of Circle Pines, was arraigned in Anoka County District Court Aug. 4 on felony and gross misdemeanor domestic assault charges.

Coon Rapids police responded to a 911 call Aug. 3 and spoke with a woman who said she and Jordan argued about messages on her phone, according to the criminal complaint.

The woman said Jordan grabbed her arms, threw her to the floor and choked her, covering her nose and mouth until she passed out, the complaint alleges.

Marks on her body matched the situation she described, according to the complaint.

The woman told police that this is not the first time Jordan has assaulted her.

His initial court appearance in this matter is scheduled for Aug. 31.

~ Olivia Alveshere

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