The Forest Lake Police Department reported the following incidents:
An assault was reported at an address in the 700 block of Fourth Street SW at 2:38 a.m. Aug. 23. Officers arrived and made contact with individuals inside the residence. While inside, an officer noticed a trail of blood droplets leading from the front door to the hallway. The suspect, a 32-year-old Fridley man, claimed it was an altercation with the complainant, who was refusing to leave the residence. A female on the scene was also questioned, and when she was separated from the suspect, it was clear she was afraid to say anything. She did eventually admit to being hit by the suspect, and lowered her sweatshirt hood to reveal a large gash on the top of her head. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with two counts of second degree assault and disorderly conduct.
While on patrol, a officer noticed a vehicle pulled into the Holiday station on Broadway Avenue at 1:03 a.m. Aug. 21 and struck the curb. A male and female exited and attempted to enter the store while the officer continued the patrol. A short time later, the officer received a call for a report of a drunk driver, and the officer again noticed the same individuals in the store and the same vehicle at the pump. Both parties were clearly intoxicated, and based on officer observations and witness and video evidence, both were arrested and processed for DWI.
On Aug. 20, an officer on patrol at 9:53 p.m. near Greenway Avenue observed a car swerving on the road and crossing over the center line. A preliminary breath test was administered to the driver, a 56-year-old Forest Lake man, with a result of 0.114. He was arrested and transported to his residence where he was released to his girlfriend.
Officers responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch at Forest Boulevard N. and Scandia Trail N. at 12:45 a.m. Aug. 20. A 22-year-old Coon Rapids woman was behind the wheel of the vehicle, still attempting to drive out of the ditch. She admitted to driving and going into the ditch after being confused by the construction area. She showed numerous signs of intoxication, with a preliminary breath test result of 0.19. She was booked for third degree DWI and her vehicle was towed.
While monitoring an address on Heath Avenue N. on Aug. 15 for signs of a suspect known to have a warrant, an officer observed a vehicle leave the driveway of the residence. The officer followed the vehicle to Karl’s Korner BP, where the vehicle was parked and the officer observed a male he believed was the suspect. The officer approached the driver’s side window, but the vehicle began to pull away. The officer yelled for the vehicle to stop and pounded on the side, but the vehicle left the area at a high rate of speed. The officer pursued back to the suspect’s residence, where the man exited the vehicle and fled on foot to the back of the house. The officer pursued him back around the front of the house, where the man was ordered to the ground and held at taser point until responding squads arrived. He was taken into custody. A search produced a quantity of marijuana and a one-hitter in his vehicle. He was charged with fleeing in a motor vehicle, fleeing on foot, reckless driving, possession of more than 1.4 grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and warrant arrest.
Officers responded to a report that tires had been stolen from vehicles parked at the Wilcox Chevrolet dealership on 19th Street SW. at 8:31 a.m. Aug. 22. A white Chevy Silverado was sitting on top of four concrete blocks, missing tires and rims with an estimated value of $5,000. The second vehicle was a black GMC Tahoe that was also missing wheels and rims with an estimated value of $6,200. There are no suspects at this time.
The Stillwater Police Department reported the following incidents:
On Aug.15 around 4:45 p.m., a 36-year-old Maplewood man was arrested for a fifth degree controlled substance crime after a homeowner called and reported an unwanted male who was possibly attempting to steal her car. Officers observed a man walking down Harriet Street toward them. The complainant reported that this man had had several bags when he was near her home earlier; the man was questioned and said he said left these bags down the block. The bags were located at another address, where the owner observed the man place them, and then asked if he could charge his phone in her house. She did not know the man. When officers talked to the man, he indicated that these bags were his things, he didn’t have any drugs, and he rummaged through the bags. Officers told him stop. An officer used his police canine to do an article search of the bags, and dog indicated there were narcotics present. Ultimately 8.2 grams of meth, five pills of a prescription medication, drug paraphernalia, a digital scale and packaging materials were found inside. The man was transported to Washington County Jail where he was booked and held.
On Aug. 21 at about midnight, officers were called to the 400 block of Liberty Parkway in regards to an assault. A female homeowner heard the doorbell ring and observed a neighbor punching her son in the face. A Bayport officer came across the suspect, who had fled on foot. The man, a 19-year-old Stillwater resident, was extremely drunk and admitted to drinking 10 beers. There had been some animosity between the complainant’s family and the suspects family next door. The suspect had been known to play ding dong ditch at the complainant’s house, and the suspect’s parents claim that they’re lawyers and will sue for defamation. During the incident, the doorbell rang, the complainant’s son went to answer it, and no one was there so the son stepped outside and yelled the neighbor’s name. At this point, the neighbor came out of the shadows and assaulted the boy. He was booked at Washington County Jail.
On Aug. 17 at 11:15 a.m. on the 600 block of Wilkins Street W., a homeowner who had been out of town for a while found that the tabs had been taken off of one of his vehicles. There are no suspects.
On Aug. 18 at 9:25 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Owens Street N. in regards to a theft. The homeowner, a Stillwater man, said he had received an alleged call from someone named Chris Martin who claimed to be with the IRS. The caller claimed he was going to be indicted by a federal grand jury unless he complied with their demands. The complainant called back and spoke with the man who identified himself as Chris Martin, who had a heavy Indian accent. The complainant was told there had been mistakes in his taxes, and that he could pay them over the phone in iTunes gift cards. The man went to Target, where he bought $9,000 of iTunes gift cards, distributed between 43 cards, and sent them where the man requested. Police were unable to help the complainant, since he had willingly sent his money to this man, probably to a location outside of the country.
On Aug. 22 at 5:30 a.m., a complainant called police to the 100 block of Linden Street W. She indicated that sometime between 2 and 5:30 a.m.,, someone threw a rock through her driver’s side window and took her purse. There are no suspects.
On Aug. 18 at about 8:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to Dellwood Road and Manning in regards to vandalism. A homeowner reported that a free library stand had been knocked over, and had no idea how or when it happened. The complainant did not own the box, did not know who owned it and did not know whether there was any permanent damage.
On Aug. 20 around 4 p.m., officers were called to Manning Avenue and Settlers Way in regards to a two-vehicle accident with airbags deployed. A Toyota Highlander stopped for a light, but the light was green, and the vehicle behind it honked its horn. While this was happening, a Toyota Prius attempted to make a lefthand turn. The Highlander struck the Prius. The Highlander driver was injured and was transported to the hospital. Both vehicles were towed.