A 32-year-old Prior Lake man who didn’t seem to want to be bothered by two men attempting to purchase gasoline ended up going to jail over the inconvenience.
A 30-year-old Wisconsin man said that the suspect pointed a gun at him when he asked him for assistance, which eventually led to the suspect’s arrest on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
The victim and his 28-year-old friend stopped at Speedway, 9250 Bloomington Ferry Road, at approximately 11 p.m. May 16. According to the victim, the duo had purchased a piece of furniture in Eden Prairie and stopped to purchase gas for the truck. The truck belonged to the victim’s friend, and the Speedway store was closed at the time, according to Bloomington Police Cmdr. Damon Bitney.
With no way to make a cash purchase for gas, and no credit card to make a purchase at the gas pump, the victim approached the suspect, who was sitting in a vehicle. He asked if he could give the suspect $10 in exchange for the suspect using his credit card to authorize a gas purchase at the pump. The victim said the suspect pointed a gun at the victim and threated to shoot him, Bitney explained.
The victim returned to his friend’s truck, and they called 911. They watched as the suspect’s vehicle drove off, appearing to head toward Highway 169. The men provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle. Officers patrolling the area spotted a vehicle that appeared to match the description given by the victim and his friend. The vehicle was southbound on Highway 169, crossing the county border into Scott County, according to Bitney.
Bloomington and Shakopee police officers stopped the vehicle at a Shakopee gas station. The driver appeared to match the description provided by the victim, and the duo was transported to the scene, confirming it was the same vehicle and driver from Speedway, Bitney said.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, threats of violence and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Although no handgun was found in the suspect’s vehicle, officers found a handgun magazine in the vehicle, Bitney noted.
A 38-year-old woman said that after stopping and exiting her 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe outside a Bloomington hotel, a man jumped in the vehicle and drove off after threatening her 19-year-old son, who was still sitting in the back of the vehicle.
Police officers were dispatched to Super 8, 7800 Second Ave. S., at approximately 1 p.m. May 18. The victim, who has no permanent address, said she had recently purchased the vehicle and it was not yet registered in her name, as she had attempted to register it under another person’s name, Bitney said.
When she stopped the Tahoe, the woman and her daughter exited the vehicle while her son remained inside. Moments later an unknown man entered the driver’s seat of the vehicle. He reportedly yelled at the son and made a fist, as if he was going to punch him. The woman’s son began to exit the vehicle, and as he was doing so, the perpetrator began to drive off. The 19-year-old man was hit by the vehicle as it was pulling away, and fell to the ground, but he was not seriously injured, Bitney noted.
A follow-up investigation regarding the theft showed that the woman had recently purchased the vehicle, as reported, he added.
The victims said they did not know the man who drove off in the Tahoe, and noted that personal possessions of the trio were inside the vehicle, Bitney said.
A duo that appeared to have been using a Bloomington hotel room without paying for it was arrested nearby at Walmart.
Police officers were dispatched to Quality Inn and Suites, 814 American Blvd. E., at approximately 9:30 a.m. May 13. A 31-year-old employee reported that the duo – A 44-year-old Minneapolis man and a 34-year-old woman with no permanent address – were suspected of breaking into a hotel room. The door and frame of the room were damaged, and surveillance video provided images of the duo entering and exiting the room, Bitney said.
The suspects had not been approached by hotel employees, but were thought to have headed toward Walmart. Officers checking Walmart for the duo found them inside the store’s Subway restaurant, where they were detained and arrested upon verifying they matched the images of the perpetrators of the hotel burglary, Bitney explained.
Both suspects were booked on suspicion of third-degree burglary, property damage and trespassing, as they had active trespass citations issued by Walmart, Bitney noted. The Minneapolis man was also booked for possession of burglary tools, as he was found to have a screwdriver and knife in his possession, and booked for non-compliance with his predatory offender registration requirements, Bitney added.
A 37-year-old Bloomington man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and assault hours after his ex-girlfriend reported he had broken into her residence.
Police officers met with the victim, who lives on the 5300 block of Highpointe Terrace, at approximately 7 a.m. May 16. The victim, a 48-year-old Bloomington woman, said she had a restraining order against the suspect, and that she had been sleeping when she awoke to find him attempting to choke her, Bitney said.
According to the victim, the suspect was holding her down with one hand while grabbing her throat by his other hand. She had difficulty breathing, but he eventually let go of her throat. He then took her keys and cellphone and fled her residence without saying a word to her. As he began to flee, he threw a rock through a patio door window, Bitney added.
Without her cellphone, the woman left her residence before calling 911 to report the incident. Officers responding to the call noted the woman appeared to have marks around her neck.
After meeting with her, officers went to her residence to ensure the suspect had not returned. They noted her window was broken, but there were no signs of forced entry into her residence.
The victim said the access code to her garage door had not been changed since the restraining order was issued, and suspected that was how the suspect gained access to her residence, Bitney explained.
Although officers did not locate the suspect in the area at the time of the report, a patrol officer spotted the suspect a few blocks from her residence at approximately 10 a.m., near the intersection of 95th Street and Normandale Boulevard. The suspect was on foot at the time, and after being detained and arrested, the victim’s cellphone was found in his possession, Bitney noted.
He was booked on suspicion of first-degree burglary, domestic assault by strangulation, property damage and violation of an order for protection.
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