Police report: Alleged pimps, drug deals, $2,500 taken in a pink wallet
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
• At 4:24 p.m. Dec. 14, it was reported that a 17-year-old boy reportedly robbed an acquaintance of her wallet full of cash. But when police reviewed store video footage, the boy and complainant weren't pictured in the video. The Guess pink and gold wallet with a silver zipper allegedly contained her health insurance card, two bank cards and $2,500. The victim said she recently received an insurance settlement and then went shopping. She bought clothes for the boy, went to Victoria's Secret, where she said he forcefully grabbed her wallet and ran. She requested charges. Police tried to contact the victim for clarification about the timeframe during which the simple robbery allegedly occurred. "Without further victim cooperation, no further investigative action will be taken at this time," police wrote in an ICR. "Close work assignment."
• Suspicious activity was reported at 11:21 a.m. Dec. 15 at Hampton Inn. After several recent tire thefts from Oakdale and Woodbury, police talked to a 47-year-old Bayport woman with eight spare tires in her possession by a dumpster at the hotel. She was resting four of them neatly near the rear bumper, and said she bought them on Craigslist and was staging them for a photo. Inside the trunk, in plain view, were a crowbar and other tools that could've been used to dismount tires from rims, according to Woodbury Public Safety. The woman allowed an officer to take the tires to the police department for inspection, and if no one claims them, they will be released to the woman.
• A 30- or 40-year-old man grabbed the buttocks of a 22-year-old at the Lunds & Byerlys salad bar, then denied doing so and left. The woman alerted store management and called police at 1:36 p.m. Dec. 15. She told police she wanted to make an informational report of the disorderly conduct.
• Ramsey County Sheriff's Office alerted Woobury Public Safety that St. Paul police and U.S. Marshals were looking for a subject at 8:31 p.m. Dec. 15 at Extended Stay. No assistance was necessary. The call was informational only.
• After an accident, a 23-year-old man from St. Paul was reportedly ejected from his vehicle and lying in the roadway at 8:32 a.m. Dec. 16, near the intersection of Weir Drive and Ashwood Road. Minnesota State Patrol handled the accident.
• Police answered a Backpage.com ad and conducted undercover operations at 11:42 a.m. Dec. 16, near the intersection of Woodbury Drive and Hudson Road. A 20-year-old Rochester, Minn., woman and an 18-year-old woman from Fridley had been advertised as a two-girls special, according to police. The victims — prostitutes who said they receive no money, only clothes, shoes and food — were interviewed and provided resources and assistance. Their alleged pimps, Tyree Erik Jones and Deno Lamont Williams, are facing sex trafficking charges. Their car was secured and searched.
• Ongoing suspicious activity was reported at 6:47 p.m. Dec. 16, in the 2300 block of Cypress Drive. The complainant said a drug deal occurred. Upon arrival, police saw nothing suspicious.
• Police observed a vehicle signal a right turn but take a left at 11:08 p.m. Dec. 16, near the intersection of Oakview Drive and Knollwood Lane. An officer stopped the car and smelled marijuana. A 17-year-old boy and two 22-year-old men, all Woodbury residents, and a 24-year-old Maplewood man were in possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver was cited.
• A beige Honda Accord started on fire at 4:41 p.m. Dec. 17 in the 9900 block of Norma Lane. The 36-year-old owner told police he wasn't sure what started the fire in the engine compartment. He put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. Woodbury Public Safety assisted with getting a report on file for an insurance claim.
• An assault at 10:23 p.m. Dec. 17 at Wooddale Fun Zone left knuckle marks in the face of the victim. The suspect left in a black truck pulling a red trailer.
• Police received an erroneous report of a stabbing at 10:56 a.m. Dec. 18 at Wooddale Fun Zone. A 50-year-old woman twice called the business looking for her daughter. She said her daughter was in the parking lot and someone would stab her. No one at the business needed police assistance. Police contacted the complainant, who had just woken up from a very vivid dream. She apologized.
• Washington County Public Health and Environment asked for police assistance during inspections at 12:53 p.m. Dec. 19 at Key Inn.
• An assault allegedly occurred at 12:43 a.m. Dec. 20, in Woodbury. A 19-year-old woman went to get her TV from a 21-year-old man. During an argument, the man punched the woman's face, bruising it. The issue was to be addressed in family court.