The Forest Lake Police Department reported the following incidents:
• Forest Lake police responded to an assault report at the Walmart on 12th Street SW. at 4:22 p.m. April 17. A Walmart employee was walking to work when a black SUV pulled up next to him, and a man exited and punched him in the face. The victim was able to run away and into the store. Police made contact with the suspect, a 20-year-old Wyoming man, who said that the victim owed him money and refused to pay. He was issued a citation for fifth degree assault.
• A theft was reported at the Forest Lake Target on 12th Street SW. at 2:55 p.m. April 29. A female suspect had pushed a cart full of merchandise outside the store without paying and fled down the street. An officer located her pushing the Target cart, and she began to run when the officer called to her to stop. She was taken into custody and confirmed as the suspect, a 23-year-old Duluth woman. The value of the merchandise taken plus the cart was estimated at $1,467. The suspect was taken to jail and booked for theft and fleeing police on foot.
• Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle outside the grocery entrance of the Walmart on 12th Street SW. at 1:36 a.m. April 30. When police arrived, Walmart staff directed them to the store’s bathroom, explaining that the vehicle’s occupant was in there and appeared to be intoxicated. When the officer checked the woman’s ID, it turned out she had an outstanding warrant out of Washington County. She was taken into custody and transported to Washington County Jail.
• An intoxicated driver was reported at the McDonald’s on Broadway Avenue at 9:35 p.m. April 25. Officers located the suspect, a 62-year-old Chetek, Wisconsin man, inside the store, and noticed signs of intoxication. He performed poorly on a field sobriety test and was arrested for DWI. He was transported to jail, where he took a breath test with a result of 0.16.
• An officer performed a random license plate check while patrolling in the 1000 block of Broadway Avenue at 8 p.m. April 24. The plate came back as a stolen plate from Kansas City, Missouri. The officer made contact with the driver, who did not have an ID or current insurance. The man stated the vehicle was his girlfriend’s and he had no idea about the plates. The vehicle was towed, and the driver, a 28-year-old Forest Lake man, was issued a citation for the violations.