Police report: Masked men with guns arrested for threats

by Jim Boyle

Elk River police arrested three adult men for disorderly conduct and terroristic threats after they allegedly showed up at a 20-year-old Elk River woman’s apartment unit.

Police responded to the 300 block of Third Street on a report shortly after 2 a.m. on Aug. 24 that the woman heard and saw someone outside her bedroom window wearing a mask, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

Upon arrival, officers located three males running out the east door of the building wearing bandanas over their faces as well as stocking hats, glasses and rubber gloves. The men attempted to run from officers but then stopped and complied.

Officers observed a handgun sticking out of the waistband of one of the men. Another man had a handgun in his waistband and the third had brass knuckles and a scissors on his person.

All of the men were taken into custody without issue and transported to the police department to be interviewed. The three males arrested were a  19-year-old Elk River man, a 20-year-old Otsego man and an 18-year-old Elk River man.

Man arrested for DWI
A 31-year-old Elk River man was arrested Aug. 27 for DWI after police responded to Highland  Road on a welfare check. The party had left the area but came back when police were there and was subsequently arrested in the 11000 block of Highland Road.

Boy, 15, listed as runaway
Elk  River police were called about 4 a.m. Aug. 27 to the 500 block of Fifth Street on a report of suspicious activity after people were spotted inside a laundry room with the smell of marijuana in the area. While there, police spotted a 15-year-old Elk River boy who was listed as a runaway and had a warrant for a probation violation.

Noise complaint alerts police to alcohol violations
Elk River police were called to a park in the 18000 block of Trott Brook Parkway at about 3 a.m. Aug. 27 on a noise complaint. Police made contact with five individuals, including one who fled on foot but was caught after a short foot pursuit. Several people were charged with alcohol violations, including a 19-year-old Elk River man, a 19-year-old Zimmerman woman, a 19-year-old Coon Rapids man, a 19-year-old Ramsey woman and a 19-year-old Elk River woman.

Suspected thief hid laptop in a basket
Elk River police are investigating the theft of a laptop computer from Walmart.

The suspect, a white male, heavy set, with very short hair and facial hair, reportedly stole a Vizio laptop display model by hiding the laptop in a basket Aug. 25. The suspect is believed to have left in light-colored silver or possibly gold, two-door car (possibly a Chevy Monte Carlo).

Display models stolen
Elk River police are also investigating another computer theft in which three display models were allegedly heisted.

The complainant reported that the suspect, a white male with short brown hair, slim build, wearing a horizontal striped shirt and light colored hoodie, cut the security cable on three laptop computer display models. The suspect then grabbed one model and hid it in a cart. The suspect was scared off by Walmart employees, but he proceeded to leave the store without paying for several items and left in a white car with a moon roof.

Truck reported stolen from Morrell lot
A 45-year-old Ramsey man in the 10000 block of 171st Avenue reported on the morning of Aug. 25 someone stole a 2004 3/4 ton GMC Sierra pickup from the Morrell’s Trucking lot in Elk River.

Keys were in the vehicle,  which was unsecured. The truck is dark green in color, with light green print saying “Morrell’s” on both doors.

The vehicle is used for escorting oversized loads and is equipped with a yellow beacon on top and two signs that should be in the bed of the truck saying “Oversize Load” on them.

The vehicle was later located unoccupied and  impounded by the Corcoran Police Department.

Near miss ends in DWI for woman, 38
A 38-year-old Foreston woman was arrested for DWI after police responded to a report of a motorist crossing the center and fog lines and nearly striking a vehicle in the area of the 19000 block of Freeport Court shortly before midnight Aug. 25.