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Woodbury men convicted in Taco Bell gun-pointing incident

A disgruntled Taco Bell customer who allegedly pointed a replica shotgun at a clerk pleaded guilty to a felony charge this week in Washington County.

Vladislav Y. Trofymovych, of Woodbury, entered a guilty plea to one county of aiding and abetting terroristic threats.

Trofymovych, 21, allegedly pointed the gun at the worker after another Woodbury man handed it to him from inside a van. That man, Jeramy William Corwin, 25, was convicted in February of aiding and abetting terroristic threats. Another terroristic threats charge was dismissed as part of Corwin's plea deal with prosecutors.

Washington County District Court Judge John Hoffman sentenced Corwin April 18 to spend 60 days in jail, four years on probation and pay a $285 fine. Corwin's probationary terms include staying away from the victims and the Oak Park Heights Taco Bell restaurant.

Oak Park Heights police were called Sept. 17, 2010, to a Taco Bell restaurant, where employees there said a drive-through customer had pointed a shotgun at a worker.

One of the workers said she was waiting on customers when a group in a van entered the drive-through lane. The worker said the van's occupants were verbally abusive in complaining about service and that one person in particular - the right front-seat passenger - was responsible for most of the trouble.

After being given their food order, the female clerk reported the right-front passenger, later identified at Trofymovych, was handed the gun from a backseat passenger, later identified as Corwin.

Trofymovych allegedly pointed the gun at the clerk and told her he wasn't afraid of the workers because he had "one of these," the complaint states. Both clerks witnessing the incident believed the shotgun was real.

Bayport police later stopped the suspect vehicle, which Trofymovych and Corwin were riding in. Inside the van, police found a 12-gauge style toy pump shotgun inside the vehicle.

Trofymovych is set to be sentenced July 7.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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