Police Report: tire slasher caught, chemical bomb hits vehicle

by Jim Boyle

Police catch suspected tire slasher
Elk River police believe they have solved a recent criminal damage to property spree that included about 15 instances of tires being slashed.

They spent the morning of Monday, Jan. 16 taking reports of damage to property after one or more persons went on a tire-slashing spree over the weekend.

The incidents happened in parking lots along 172nd Avenue, the 18000 block of Zane Street (twice), the 200 block of Main Street, the 300 block of Evans Avenue (five instances) and the 300 block of Third Street (three instances).

Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz reported on Thursday morning that police have identified a suspect, a 25-year-old Elk River male, who they believe is the culprit after bringing him in for questioning.

Man arrested for DWI at Holiday gas station  
A 23-year-old Coon Rapids man was arrested for DWI at the Holiday gas station at 13445 Business Center Dr., Elk River, after a complainant followed the motorist into the lot.

The complainant had reported the vehicle was all over the road on the evening of Jan. 16 while driving along Highway 10, and police were able to make contact with the driver at the gas station.

The motorist blew a .155 and was arrested for third-degree DWI.

Princeton woman, 37, cited for Walmart theft
A Princeton woman, 37, was cited for theft after allegedly taking items from Walmart in Elk River at about 5 p.m. Jan. 16.

Dowel toss results in arrest for assault  
An Elk River man, 24, was arrested for domestic assault after getting into an argument with his girlfriend and allegedly throwing a dowel at her in the 600 block of Auburn Place on the afternoon of Jan. 16.

E & O Tool reports theft of software
E & O Tool reported on Jan. 16 that sometime over the weekend two units of software were stolen from the business, located in the 19000 block of Industrial Boulevard in Elk River. The units look similar to a flash drive.

Rejuvination Station  is burglarized   
An unknown person or persons allegedly forced their way into the Rejuvination Station through the back door.

Elk River police took the burglary report on the morning of Jan. 16.

Someone reportedly took the till, but nothing else appeared to be missing, Kluntz said.

Chemical bomb lands in Elk River driveway  
A man, 41, reported that someone threw a “chemical bomb” contained in a soda bottle into his driveway along Eighth Street in Elk River.

The complainant, who filed the report at 1:27 a.m. Jan. 16, said there was no apparent damage to a vehicle the bomb hit. He also told police he saw a dark blue Ford Taurus leaving the area after the explosion.

Train conductor’s concern addressed  
Elk River police spoke to the man and family who had raised a concern with a conductor for a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train recently when they were seen on or near the tracks on two consecutive days.

Police were out there on a third occasion (Jan. 15) when the man and his family along with a dog appeared in the area of Main Street and Railroad Drive.  An officer warned the man of the dangers and that it was considered trespassing. The man said his family likes to walk along the tracks, but wouldn’t do it anymore.

Trailer reported stolen from AT Repair lot  
An Elk River man, 61, reported that his trailer was stolen from the lot of AT Repair in the 17000 block of Highway 10 in Elk River on the night of Jan. 11 or the morning of Jan. 12.

Canada man arrested for DWI on Highway 169  
A Gladstone, Manitoba, Canada man, 24, was arrested for third-degree DWI after a traffic stop in the 20500 block of Highway 169 in Elk River. An officer stopped the man’s vehicle after watching it cross the left fog line and make an improper turn.

‘206 meth’ written on damaged vehicles  
A report was filed that several vehicles were damaged when someone wrote “206 meth” on them with a black magic marker in the 11000 block of 191-1/2 Avenue in Elk River sometime before 6 p.m. Jan. 13. One vehicle also had a large rock thrown through the driver’s side window.

Coon Rapids man, 19, arrested for assault  
A  19-year-old Coon Rapids man was arrested for third degree assault, fifth degree assault, giving a false name to officers after allegedly assaulting a female acquaintance.

Police were called to the 18000 block of Quincy Court on a report of a physical domestic. The complainant reported she and another female friend had been assaulted while at the residence.

Vehicle struck a tree on Lander Street  
Officers received a report of a vehicle which struck a tree and mailbox  in the 19000 block of Lander Street.

The vehicle was located and the driver, a 34 year old Hugo man, was arrested for DWI.