Man charged for fighting with police, K-9 after death threats

by Eric Hagen

ECM Publishers

An Otsego man May 6 allegedly fought with police and a K-9 officer after threatening to kill multiple acquaintances at a Nowthen home.

Ivan Ivanovich Revenko, 35, was arraigned May 9 in Anoka County District Court on five felony charges, including two counts of second-degree assault and one count each of fourth-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm to a public safety dog and obstructing legal process.

Bail was set at $200,000.

Ivan Revenko
Ivan Revenko

According to the criminal complaint, multiple police agencies responded to a Nowthen home the evening of May 6 because an adult man was threatening to kill multiple people with a large knife. Authorities found Revenko smoking outside and he matched the description given to dispatch.

Revenko allegedly pulled a large knife from under his coat and walked toward officers. At one point he did throw the knife a short distance away, but still went after the officers and gave one Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputy a bloody nose, according to the complaint.

Officers shot Revenko with a Taser multiple times, but it appeared to have no effect on him because he was wearing a leather jacket, said Lt. Paul Lenzmeier of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Cullen Czech released the sheriff’s department’s K-9 officer Major, but Revenko choked the dog and broke his tooth, according to the complaint.

Officers were eventually able to subdue Revenko and arrest him.

Anoka County Sheriff's Office K-9 Major
Anoka County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Major

A woman inside the Nowthen home allegedly told police that her family knows Revenko from a distant family relationship and that he had wanted to marry her years ago.

Revenko allegedly showed up at the home May 6 and made threats to kill her, her husband and her father.

He allegedly had a long knife and grabbed her at one point while threatening them; her father running around parked cars to avoid Revenko.