South-West Review police reports published April 29, 2019

Inver Grove Heights

Warrant arrest

On April 17, officers were dispatched to the 5700 block of Bishop Avenue for a motorist assist, and a 35-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants.


Can’t call for that

Between April 15 and April 17, officers responded to multiple 911 calls from the 5600 block of Bishop Avenue and 6800 block of Blaine Avenue when no real emergency existed.



A vehicle was pulled over at the intersection of Robert Trail and Rich Valley Boulevard April 18. A 36-year-old woman was arrested for DWI as a result.


Stuck in the mud

On April 18, Inver Grove Heights engineering staff working on a road project at the intersection of 70th and Highway 3 reported an abandoned vehicle that was stuck in the mud in the construction zone. The vehicle was towed to South East Towing’s impound lot.


Helping hand

Inver Grove Heights officers were requested to assist South St. Paul police April 20 in pursuing a stolen vehicle – a woman was taken into custody.



Officers were dispatched April 20 to the 6800 block of Craig Court for an intoxicated juvenile – officers brought the kid to the hospital.


On April 20, officers were dispatched to the 5400 block of Blackberry Trail for a disturbance, and a man was arrested for disorderly conduct and for underage alcohol consumption. 


Family quarrel

On April 22, a 17-year-old boy and his 60-year-old father were arguing about a doctor’s appointment in the 9200 block of Inver Grove Trail. The 17-year-old damaged items in the house, ran into the woods and would not come back to the house. The father was given options on how to deal with the son’s behavior.


False info

An 18-year-old man was cited for providing false information to a police officer after a traffic stop in the 5500 block of Bishop Avenue April 23.


Property damage

On April 24, officers responded to a call about damage to property in the 7400 block of Dickman Trail. A 23-year-old man was arrested and taken to jail.


Mendota Heights

More than bargained for

While out arresting a man for an outstanding warrant near the 1300 block of Northland Drive April 12, officers found drug paraphernalia in the room he was in. Paraphernalia was seized but no drugs were found.


Assaulting officers

Officers were called by a taxi driver to the 500 block of Miriam Street for a passenger who had passed out in the back-seat April 12. Officers were able to wake up the passenger who immediately became aggressive, resisting the officers verbal commands and physically assaulted them while being taken into custody. The suspect was booked for disorderly conduct, obstructing the legal process and fourth-degree assault.



On April 13, an officer saw a vehicle speeding and driving on the shoulder of Interstate 494 near Dodd Road. The driver was over the legal limit and was arrested for DWI.


Stolen money

A robbery report came in April 14 from a business in the 700 block of Highway 62. An officer spoke with an employee who said two men stole money out of the register when it was open and fled.


Warrant arrest

An officer pulled a vehicle over April 15 in the 900 block of Highway 13. After identifying the driver, the officer saw he had a warrant out for his arrest and arrested him.


South St. Paul

Warrant arrest

On April 18, officers responded to Douglas Street on a report of a suspicious person. The caller said they saw a man walking around a church then return to a black SUV. While an officer was speaking with the driver, he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. Identification was obtained for both occupants, and a search revealed the passenger had a Ramsey County warrant. Nothing of interested was found in the vehicle so the driver was released, but the passenger was transported to Dakota County Jail.



While on patrol April 19, an officer saw a running vehicle in the same spot along Concord Street near Bircher Avenue with two occupants inside. The officer approached the vehicle and could smell alcohol coming from inside of it while speaking with the driver, whose speech was slightly slurred. The officer saw an open bottle on the floor. The driver blew a .154 and was arrested.


Please pay

On April 21, officers were dispatched to the 600 block of First Avenue due to a man unable to pay his cab fare. Officers spoke with the driver who said the man in his cab presented a card that was declined for the $68.50 cab fare. The man, who had no other way to pay the fare, accused the officers of being racist and had no reason to identify him when asked for identification. An officer advised the man he was intoxicated in public and detained as his behavior escalated. A search of the man’s identity showed he had three active warrants. 


Boarder crosser

An officer with the River Falls Police Department contacted officers April 22 regarding a warrant pickup. The officer told South St. Paul she received information about a man who had an active warrant for first-degree reckless homicide out of Wisconsin. Officers responded to an address in the 100 block of Stanely Avenue and found the man in a home nearby.


West St. Paul

No service

A call came in April 17 from the 2000 block of Robert Street after an employee refused service to a woman who was intoxicated. The caller, who was an employee of the liquor store, told police she almost hit a car in the parking lot. The woman was eventually located by police.



A man was threatening to kill a manager, who called, from a business in the 1200 block of Robert Street April 17. The man, who the caller said had a couple drinks, was yelling and had physically touched another customer who asked him to stop multiple times. Police spoke with the owner who wanted to man to leave and be banned from the premises.


Cooling down

A caller could hear screaming and loud noises from a nearby unit in an apartment complex on Robert Street April 18. When the officer arrived, he could hear a man talking loudly but not yelling. The man was either talking to himself or was on the phone and was upset. The man said he would take a walk to cool down.



A call came in April 18 from a business in the 1600 block of Robert Street reporting that a customer was intentionally ringing products up wrong at the self-checkout.


Clean up on Robert

A bag of garbage was dropped in the middle of Robert Street near Marie Avenue April 19. It looked like the trash had been struck, and public works was called for clean up. The larger debris was moved out of the way to keep traffic moving.


Slam dunk

An anonymous call came in April 19 from Runge Lane regarding three adults playing on the little kids’ playground — the caller thought they were trying to wreck equipment by jumping and hanging on a basketball hoop. Police spoke with the men who said they were trying to put the net back onto the hoop, which was low. 


Not your trampoline

A woman called police from Haskell Street April 19 after two juveniles went over to her neighbor’s house to use the trampoline and refused to leave when asked to. The neighbors were out of town. The kids eventually left, and police told her to call back if the boys returned.


Might be my ex

On April 19, police received a call from the 1200 block of Robert Street from a man who believed his vehicle was damage by a former partner earlier that day. The man believed his ex had popped out his side mirrors and removed his gas cap.


Watch out

A driver slammed on the brakes at the last second to avoid hitting a pedestrian in a cross walk on Wentworth Avenue April 20. The driver was advised to watch out for pedestrians now that there are a lot of people out and about with the nice weather.


Pokémon please go

A young man was parked in the 1600 block of Oakdale Avenue in a park after hours. He told police he was playing Pokémon Go and left after being informed the park was closed.


Beyond intoxicated

A man called police April 21 from Roeller Avenue because his brother was very intoxicated. The man apparently got “loaded” when everyone went to grandma’s house. Another brother and the dad met an officer outside and said the police weren’t needed anymore. They were advised to call back if anything changed.


Lost car

On April 22, a woman called police from the 900 block of Robert Street to report her vehicle had been stolen sometime overnight. There was no tow report. She told police she parked her vehicle on Haskell Street and it was now gone. Officers found her vehicle parked behind a van on Haskell Street. The woman told police she looked from the end of the block and couldn’t see her vehicle so figured it was stolen.


Anyone home?

A house that was empty in the 1300 block of Delaware Avenue had the front door open April 22. Police checked it out, and the back door was open with no way to secure it. It appeared the door just blew open, and no one was inside the house.


Wrong number or scam

A woman told police April 22 she received a suspicious text from someone wanting her to come meet them. The woman, who sounded elderly, did not know who the person texting her was. The mystery person texted her something about sending pictures and determining a good time to meet up. Police determined it appeared to have possibly been a cold call trying to scam the woman. An office advised her of popular scams and helped her with blocking the number.


Bad driver

An officer saw a driver go across two lanes of traffic causing another vehicle to stop abruptly April 22 in the 1600 block of Robert Street. The vehicle then made a U-turn onto the opposite side of Robert Street before pulling into a parking lot. The officer stopped the vehicle and verified the driver only had an instruction permit and no proof of insurance — the driver was cited for no valid license and insurance.



A woman came home to the 1200 block of Smith Avenue April 23 for lunch and discovered her home may have been broken into. The woman told police she didn’t see anyone around but did not go downstairs. It appeared the culprit might have gotten in through her daughter’s window as the screen was pushed in — there were muddy footprints in the house. It looked like jewelry was missing.



A man was reported to have been walking around the 2000 block of Robert Street April 23 with his genitals exposed. 


Cat alarm

A man called police in the early hours of April 24 from Humboldt Avenue after hearing someone outside his residence — he wasn’t expecting anyone. He told police his cats were staring at the door and were worked up. The man told police it sounded like someone was banging on something, but police checked the yard and alley and there was nothing suspicious.


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