UnionHerald crime briefs from the Sept. 1, 2017, edition

Domestic assault case sentencing

A 26-year-old man was sentenced Aug. 8 in Anoka County District Court on a felony domestic assault charge stemming from an incident in Ramsey.

Martel Scott Hayes, of St. Louis Park, was sentenced to 120 days in jail but given credit for 32 days served. He is on probation for five years.

According to the criminal complaint, a Ramsey woman who knows Hayes told police on March 25 that Hayes chased her through her home, slammed her head against the cupboards and threw her to the ground several times. She tried to call 911 during the assault, but he took the phone away from her.

Officers photographed bruises and marks on her chest, arms, back and tail-bone, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Drug possession sentencing

A 29-year-old man was sentenced Aug. 10 in Anoka County District Court on a felony charge of second-degree drug possession.

Michael Steven Lehnertz, of Faribault, was sentenced to 84 months in prison but given credit for 250 days served.

According to the criminal complaint, detectives from the Anoka-Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant on a Coon Rapids home on April 15, 2015. In a safe, authorities found 104 tramadol pills, 6.5 grams of meth and several glass pipes with meth residue.

~ Eric Hagen

Woman sentenced for credit card fraud

A 29-year-old woman who used stolen credit cards was sentenced Aug. 10 in Anoka County District Court.

Sara Sue Box, of Cambridge, was sentenced to 120 days in jail but given credit for 65 days. She also was placed on 10 years probation for this felony charge of financial transaction card fraud.

According to the criminal complaint, Box spent more than $2,700 on six transactions at the Target off Main Street in Coon Rapids. A store security guard on Sept. 11, 2016 caught her trying to shoplift from this same store.

~ Eric Hagen

Two sentenced for shoplifting

The two suspects who shoplifted from a Target store in Coon Rapids and then led police on a high-speed chase were sentenced in Anoka County District Court.

Blaine resident Frances Jean Hanson, 31, was sentenced Aug. 15 on a felony theft charge. Hastings resident Hieu Duc Nguyen, 31, was sentenced June 20 on a felony charge of fleeing police in a motor vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, a security guard at the Target store at 8600 Springbrook Drive NW, called police on March 2 to report two people who were putting high dollar electronics into carts. The guard recognized them from previous alleged shoplifting incidents.

Hansen and Nguyen left the store without paying for approximately $1,500 worth of merchandise. A Coon Rapids police officer immediately stopped them, but Nguyen drove away as the officer was walking up to their car. The vehicle traveled at speeds between 60 and 80 mph. Two Coon Rapids police squads rammed the vehicle when Nguyen tried to get away after coming to cul-de-sac, according to the complaint.

As part of their sentencing, Hansen and Nguyen must pay approximately $17,500 to the city of Coon Rapids for damage to the vehicles.

~ Eric Hagen

St. Francis man charged with robbery, assault

Randolph Scott Kirkendall, 49, of St. Francis, was charged with felony simple robbery and misdemeanor domestic assault in Anoka County District Court earlier this month.

St. Francis police responded to a residence Aug. 5 and spoke with a woman there who said Kirkendall came to her house and asked her for money, the criminal complaint states.

She went to the bathroom, and when she returned, she found him rifling through her purse, the complaint states. When she confronted him, he allegedly pushed her and left the house. She pursued him, and he allegedly threw her on the driveway before leaving the property.

A neighbor witnessed the altercation outside, according to the complaint.

The woman told police Kirkendall took $350, her checkbook and her check card, the complaint states.

Kirkendall was arraigned in Anoka County District Court Aug. 8. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Man accused of stealing camper trailer, driving drunk

David Len West, 46, no permanent address, allegedly stole a camper trailer from Storage World in Ham Lake and drove it around the Ham Lake Campground while intoxicated.

West was charged with felony theft and gross misdemeanor DWI in Anoka County District Court Aug. 7.

Two days earlier, around 7:45 p.m., the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a possible drunk driver at Storage World, 16800 Highway 65 NE, Ham Lake.

The caller said a man was attempting to hook up a camper trailer to a van, but could not work the camper’s electric jack and drove off with it down, damaging the jack and tongue, the criminal complaint states. The caller provided the license plate and allegedly saw an open alcoholic beverage in the van.

When law enforcement arrived, the man could not be located, according to the complaint.

A little more than an hour later, deputies were called to the Ham Lake Campground, 2400 Constance Blvd. NE. A caller there reported a possible drunk driver in the campground. He was driving a van and towing a camper trailer. The van’s license plate matched the one given at Storage World, the complaint states.

Law enforcement located West in the van at a camp site. He allegedly smelled of alcohol, spoke with slurred speech and had bloodshot, watery eyes, the complaint states.

He refused to take a breath test, according to the complaint.

The owners of the trailer said it should still be at Storage World. They purchased the camper last year for $16,000, the complaint states.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Walgreens employee accused of stealing from business

A 21-year-old Walgreens employee is charged with felony theft after allegedly stealing $5,600 from the Coon Rapids store at 10686 University Ave. NW.

According to the criminal complaint, the store’s asset protection manager told police Salina Son Ly, of Blaine, was loading $200 to $500 on pre-paid Visa cards and pocketing them without paying for them. In a six-week period, she allegedly stole $5,600 in this manner.

In a post-Miranda statement, Ly admitted to the crime, the complaint alleges.

She was arraigned on a felony theft charge in Anoka County District Court Aug. 7.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Truck stolen in Coon Rapids

Rick Amos Bernhardt, 35, no permanent address, is accused of stealing and damaging a truck from Northdale Automotive in Coon Rapids.

Bernhardt was arraigned in Anoka County District Court Aug. 9 on felony theft and gross misdemeanor third-degree criminal property damage charges.

A Northdale Automotive employee told law enforcement that Bernhardt stole a truck from the business. An employee followed him up Foley Boulevard, where he stopped the truck and ran west down Ilex Circle NW and into a wooded area, according to the criminal complaint. As he was running, he allegedly dropped his birth certificate.

Law enforcement arrested Bernhardt, who was out of breath and covered in mud, nearby, the complaint states.

Law enforcement noted that the steering column on the truck sustained between $500 and $1,000 in damage, allowing for the engine to be started without the ignition, according to the complaint.

Surveillance video allegedly showed Bernhardt damaging the steering column and stealing the truck, the complaint states.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Pair accused of burglarizing Anoka apartment

Travis Michael Beto, 28, of St. Paul, was arrested Aug. 14 on two felony charges for first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.

Melissa Ann Taylor, 20, of Anoka, is still at large, wanted for first-degree burglary.

The pair allegedly entered an Anoka apartment without permission to beat up a man in the apartment, according to the criminal complaint.

Anoka police responded to a unit in the 2000 block of Fairoak Avenue around 2:10 p.m. May 29 and spoke with a man who had multiple injuries, including redness and swelling of the face, the complaint states.

He said Taylor hit him and Beto jumped on top of him, hit him and tried to slash his throat with a knife, according to the complaint.

A woman living in the apartment said Taylor asked to come over and warned her Beto might beat up the man, but she said she told Taylor not to come because there was a child in the apartment and she did not want trouble, the complaint states.

~ Olivia Alveshere


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