Police report: A replica gun, a shopping spree with a stolen card and a suspect hiding in a boat

by Joni Astrup
Associate Editor
A realistic-looking gun that prompted someone to call Elk River Police turned out to be an airsoft replica gun.
Police were called out at noon March 31 on a report of a suspicious person in the 12000 block of Highland Road in Elk River.
Police spoke to a 16-year-old boy, who had been outside his home with what appeared to be a pistol but was actually an airsoft replica gun, according to Capt. Bob Kluntz.
Airsoft guns are replica weapons used in airsoft sports.
Police talked to the teen and notified his parent of the situation.

Thief rings up $319 bill with stolen card
A wallet was stolen and a credit card used to make a $319 purchase at a business in Elk River before the victim had a chance to cancel his credit cards.
The wallet was stolen from a vehicle parked in Elk River. The theft was reported to police March 31.

Zeus called on to sniff out suspect
Elk River’s police dog, Zeus, was called out March 30 to help the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office locate a man allegedly involved in an altercation where a knife was used.
The dog and his handler responded to the 28000 block of Elk Lake Road in Zimmerman, where Zeus was deployed. He picked up a track that went into a wooded area near the home and then back toward the rear of the home where the incident occurred. The dog then appeared to lose the track, according to the police report.
A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter arrived and also located nothing. A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer and the Elk River Police K-9 officer then started checking outbuildings at the home and located the suspect in a boat underneath a cover. The 26-year-old Waite Park man was taken into custody without incident, according to the police report.

Motocross gear is stolen from truck
A duffel bag full of motocross gear was stolen from the bed of a truck parked in a driveway in the 13000 block of 180th Avenue in Elk River.
The theft was reported to police April 1.

Man faces domestic assault charge
An Elk River man, 32, was charged with domestic assault after an altercation with his brother.
Police were called to a home in the 400 block of Third Street in Elk River at 11:10 p.m. March 31.
The man left the house on foot but was not immediately located by police, despite searching with a police dog. He also was wanted on two Sherburne County warrants.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

Drug charges filed after headlight stop
An Otsego man, 25, was cited for possessing drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana after police stopped his vehicle for an inoperable headlight.
The stop was made at 9:42 p.m. March 31 at Highway 10 and County Road 43 in Big Lake while an Elk River officer was working a Toward Zero Deaths shift. The program is designed to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and deaths on Minnesota roads.

Loitering man had a warrant for arrest
A 21-year-old man with no permanent address was arrested on a warrant in Elk River on March 31, according to Kluntz.
Police had been called to an apartment building at 385 Holt Avenue on a report of two males loitering in the parking lot, smoking cigarettes. Police found that one had a warrant out of Wright County for driving after suspension.
He was arrested and turned over to Wright County at the Holiday gas station in Otsego.

Knife on display in clash at Starbucks
A group of teens was reportedly harassed by three males, one of whom displayed a knife.
The incident was reported to Elk River Police at 6:54 p.m. March 29.
The three suspects allegedly followed a group of teens from Cub Foods and later to Arby’s, where one of them made comments toward the girls in the group, commenting on their looks and asking for their numbers. A 14-year-old boy in the group confronted the three males and told them to leave them alone. The teens then left Arby’s and entered Starbucks and hid in the back hallway. Two of the suspects confronted the teen boy, swearing at him and threatening to hit him with a board he was holding. A second male displayed a knife pointed down. He partially opened it and clicked it shut during the incident.
“No direct threats were made were made with the knife; however, the victim was in fear that he would be assaulted by use of the knife,” according to the police report.
A Starbucks employee told the males to leave and they did. Police were called, but the suspects were not located.
A 21-year-old man with no permanent address is believed to have been the man with the knife, according to the police report.

Student’s guardian cited after dispute
A student at Salk Middle School in Elk River allegedly assaulted a police officer during an incident at the school in March 29.
The matter unfolded after a principal had requested an officer respond to the lunchroom to assist with a student who was not following directions. The officer was attempting to escort the student to the office when the student allegedly assaulted the officer, according to the police report.
The student’s guardian later came to the school and allegedly caused a disturbance. The woman, 51, was cited with disorderly conduct.

Home burglary reported in Elk River
A home burglary was reported to police at 4:32 p.m. March 27. The home is located off Meadowvale Road in Elk River. Police are investigating, but have no suspects at this time, according to Kluntz.