Police report: Threatened with a baseball bat, throwing school books, hiding a loaded handgun
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
• Police were called at 12:38 a.m. May 24 to the Red Roof Inn, where a customer complained about the lack of cleanliness in his room and asked for his money back. The customer called back to cancel his request of police. "Apparently, he got his money back from the clerk," the Woodbury Public Safety initial complaint report said, "after he showed the clerk a video of bed bugs on his bed in the room." Police sent a copy of the ICR to Washington County Public Health.
• A three-vehicle accident caused injuries at 10:56 a.m. May 24, near the intersection of Commerce Drive and Tamarack Road. A 76-year-old driver from Woodbury was cited after not yielding for cross-traffic and striking and another vehicle, from which a Woodbury couple was transported to Woodwinds Health Campus for treatment. The second vehicle hit a third vehicle, driven by a Woodbury woman who reported minor neck pain but declined ambulance transportation.
• At 11:58 a.m. May 24, police were called to Fiesta Bravo, in the 10100 block of Hudson Road, for a stalking complaint. It turns out the man whose vehicle was parked outside the restaurant was not the former boss who had a poor relationship with the complainant. The man was merely a construction worker taking a lunch break in his vehicle.
• At 12:55 a.m. May 25, suspicious activity was reported at Globe University, in the 8000 block of Globe Drive. A woman in her 40s had been walking through the parking lot, throwing books. The complainant showed officers a book cover with a very small particle of red substance on it, possibly blood from a hangnail. "The comp was not a great storyteller," the initial complaint report said, "and it was confusing what was concerning about the female." She had been walking toward the area of Woodduck Drive 40 minutes prior to the 911 call, and police checked the area but could not locate the woman.
• Minnesota State Patrol responded to an accident with injuries at 8:20 a.m. May 25, near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Manning Avenue in West Lakeland Township. A victim complained of shoulder and arm pain.
• At 5:57 p.m. May 27, a K-9 found drug paraphernalia in a residence along Meadow Brook Place. A juvenile living in the basement denied ownership of the bongs and empty marijuana bags in his room. The rest of the house was checked for drugs, with negative results.
• At 2:42 a.m. May 28, in the 700 block of Mariner Way, police initiated a felony traffic stop of a black Chevy Traverse, on suspicion of aggravated assault and burglary. Parties were reportedly in possession of a knife. Two 34-year-old male occupants were arrested—one from Woodbury and the other from Baldwin, Wis.—after the vehicle was located on Woodbury Drive and a high-risk traffic stop was conducted. Both men admitted there was a loaded handgun under the passenger seat. The vehicle was not searched by Woodbury police, rather it was turned over to Raid Recovery at the request of St. Paul police.
• At 1:36 p.m. May 28, an altercation was reported at Schneiderman's Furniture, in the 9700 block of Hudson Road. Officers responded and checked the area for a man who had been pounding on a white Jeep. The subject was not located.
• A 19-year-old man allegedly pointed a handgun at a resident of the 600 block of Esther Lane. At 12:04 a.m. May 29, police were called for a possible robbery. Multiple stories were told, according to the initial complaint report, and "all of them did not add up." The final story: The complainant went to the man's home to ask if he shot up his friend's house. When the complainant arrived, the man pointed the gun at him from a window. The complainant welcomed the man into his car and they drove to the mall to discuss their differences. The complainant fell asleep, so the man drove the car back to the man's house. When the complainant woke up, he noticed $200 and a Chicago Bulls snapback baseball hat were missing. He wants his stuff back. Eventually, the complainant became uncooperative with police and stated he wanted nothing done about the alleged theft.
• At 11:54 a.m. May 29, police were called to the 600 block of Esther Lane for an assault report. A 19-year-old man said he wants to press charges after he was punched by his dad the previous day. He spoke with an officer for about 46 minutes, and the officer asked about the aggressive nature of activity inside his home. Police attempted to give the man ideas of "how to put himself in opportunities where his father's actions would not threaten him," according to the initial complaint report. The man hung up on police. About two hours later, he was at the nearby fire hall and requested that police give him a ride to St. Paul. He was pat searched for safety, a knife was found but not seized, and he was given a ride without further incident. No charges are pending.
• At 11:03 p.m. May 29, near the intersection of Valley Creek Road and Century Avenue, an officer initiated a traffic stop for speeding and found drug paraphernalia. A wooden grinder was seized and destroyed.
• Police responded at 5:18 p.m. May 30 for a water faucet concern. Outside Central Park, a faucet running near the library's after-hours drop box. An officer turned it off.
• A 37-year-old was cited for an illegal U-turn and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle at 12:08 p.m. May 30, near the intersection of Tamarack Road and Seasons Parkway. An officer witnessed the U-turn in an area that was clearly marked with two "no U-turn" signs, and activated the squad car emergency lights. The offending vehicle continued until it was boxed in by police cars at Radio Drive and Valley Creek Road. The driver said she didn't stop because she didn't think she did anything wrong.
• Police were called to the scene of a theft at 1:46 p.m. May 30, in the 1000 block of Weir Drive. A 14-foot-long black steel trailer was stolen after a Hudson, Wis., man left it for the weekend in the parking lot of Woodbury Chiropractic. The total loss was $2,000.
• At 6:18 p.m. May 30, along Capetown Plaza, a 12-year-old boy threatened to hit people with a baseball bat after he felt bullied. There had been some mutual pushing and shoving. All parties were separated and counseled on behavior.
• At 9:01 p.m. May 30, near the intersection of Tamarack Road and Woodduck Drive, police cited a 23-year-old St. Paul man for possession of a small amount (6.36 grams) of marijuana in his vehicle, which he was driving with no passenger's-side headlight. The drugs, a grinder and a pipe were logged into evidence.
• Police advised a resident of the 10800 block of Kingsfield Lane of a noise complaint at 11:45 p.m. May 30. The party went inside for the night. But five minutes after police cleared the call, the complainant reported her home had been egged. The noisy neighbor didn't answer the door when police returned to the house.