A Minneapolis man faces charges in Washington County after he allegedly sent several death threats to a Forest Lake woman.
According to court records, Aukeem Ketorey Robinson, 30, has been charged with making terroristic threats and stalking. A Forest Lake woman reportedly had obtained an order for protection prohibiting Robinson from having communication with her, but after he was served with the order in August, he allegedly kept sending her digital communications, including death threats and indications that he was following her and aware of her whereabouts.
The woman showed police screenshots of Facebook messages sent from a “Pluto Nash” – apparently a reference to the notorious 2002 Eddie Murphy flop “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” as well as an online pseudonym the woman was aware of for Robinson. Some messages ominously referred to the woman’s death, like, “U might wanna save that money for burial,” [sic] while others referenced knowledge of her location, like “I caught your truck at Walmart keep playing and someone gone lose their life watch.” Police also learned that the woman’s truck was towed from a Walmart after an unknown man called the tow company.
Through further investigation, police learned that Robinson or his vehicle allegedly had been seen multiple times near the woman’s work. Eventually, they located him in Forest Lake and arrested him; in so doing, they found a phone belonging to him that reportedly had several outgoing calls to the woman in the call log.
Robinson has felony domestic assault convictions from 2008 and 2010.
Pre-admission of guilt
A Forest Lake man made a first appearance in Washington County court last month for allegedly telling a local resident he would be stealing his truck to drive to North St. Paul and subsequently doing so.
According to court records, Anthony Mark Plaster, 30, of Forest Lake, was charged with felony theft for the act. On Jan. 2, he allegedly was talking with an acquaintance and asking the man if he would give him a ride to North St. Paul. The acquaintance told police that Plaster yelled, “OK, I’ll just steal your truck and drive down there” and then did so, taking the keys from the man’s home and driving away. Police found the truck in North St. Paul later that day.
A Scandia man was recently charged with assault after allegedly choking a woman and approaching her vehicle with an ax.
According to court records, Xavier Alexander Kruger, 26, of Scandia, faces one count each of felony domestic assault and domestic assault by strangulation. The alleged assault took place the evening Aug. 9 in the 20200 block of St. Croix Trail North in Scandia. Kruger allegedly became angry with a woman at the home following a discussion of family issues, and he grabbed the woman by the neck. The woman then went to her car and locked the doors, at which point Kruger allegedly grabbed an ax and approached the vehicle before he was intercepted by another woman at the residence. He then allegedly hurled a chair at the vehicle.
He was arrested at the scene.
Two people have been charged with theft after allegedly stealing more than $1,000 in tools from the Forest Lake Home Depot last month.
According to court records, Shannon Turon Starr, 22, of Fridley, and Walsmund Algea Jean, 24, of Brooklyn Park, have each been charged with felony theft. They were arrested Sept. 19 on the Broadway Avenue southbound ramp onto Interstate Highway 35 after being stopped by Chisago County deputies.
Forest Lake police spoke to multiple witnesses at the Home Depot. According to witness reports, the two alleged thieves entered the building sometime in the 12 p.m. hour and walked out with several boxes of tools without paying for them. The tools were later valued at $1,669. When confronted by employees, Jean and Starr allegedly claimed that they were picking up an order that had already been paid for, but they wouldn’t show the employees their receipt. When an employee tried to take a picture of the men’s license plate, one of them allegedly kicked the phone out of her hand. The men eventually loaded the boxes and drove away, but a witness in the parking lot followed the vehicle and called law enforcement, alerting the deputies to the vehicle’s location.
There was a third man in the vehicle as well, but he did not take any of the tools from the store. He reportedly told police that he was not made privy to the crime his companions were about to allegedly commit and was under the impression that the trio was on its way to a temp job.
An Andover man faces a number of charges after he allegedly drove a stolen pick-up truck recklessly in Forest Lake.
Zachary Eugene Rogstad, 21, has been charged with motor vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, and fifth-degree drug possession. According to court records, on Sept. 12, police began investigating a report that a 2000 Ford F-250 pick-up truck had been driven through a ditch on State Highway 97 and onto a curb at Schilling Plaza. When police arrived at the truck, it was abandoned, with the key still in the ignition. An officer found a receipt from the Forest Lake Moto Mart and went to the service station to see if there was surveillance video of the truck. Another officer examined the footage and allegedly recognized Rogstad as the driver of the vehicle (another man was in the passenger seat).
Not long after this observation, a patrolling police officer spotted Rogstad and placed him under arrest. Eventually, Rogstad allegedly admitted to running from the truck but said he hadn’t been the driver. Police also allegedly found a glass pipe containing a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine in Rogstad’s pocket.
The following are other recent local cases from Washington County courts:
• Richard Reino Paananen, 47, of Oakdale, was sentenced Aug. 26 for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and refusing to submit to a chemical test related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.
• Devyon Leeroy Oehring, 26, of South St. Paul, made a first appearance Sept. 6 for check forgery and theft related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.
• Nelson Cruz, 39, of an unknown address, was sentenced Sept. 12 for violating a no-contact order related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.