BLOOMINGTON, MN – An off-duty police officer and his wife were on a walk on what should have been a peaceful afternoon.
However, the walk ended in a bit of excitement when a person, who did not realize the man was a police officer, decided to attack the couple and man, was he surprised.
Credit Bloomington Police Twitter Page
The incident happened on August 30th as the couple was walking in the area of the Bloomington Hyatt Regency hotel along an area known as the Bloomington’s South Loop District.
As they were walking on 33rd Avenue, they noticed that there were two people in the bushes along the side of the road. According to Bloomington Police Commander Kevin Herman, it appeared the two were in an intimate moment.
The officer and his wife ignored the two and continued on their walk. A short time later, they heard running behind them. As they looked behind, they noticed an individual, described only as a 23-year-old man from Minneapolis, running behind them with a large rock in his hand.
It is unknown if the man was upset at the interruption of the intimate moment or if he had planned on robbing the couple.
At any rate, he must have been extremely surprised when the off-duty officer pulled his concealed firearm and pointed it at him. The man immediately, and wisely, dropped the rock when told by the officer and ran.
The officer, fearing that the man may harm someone else, decided to chase the suspect on foot while his wife called for assistance. The suspect ran toward the front doors of the Hyatt Regency Hotel on East 81st Street, however, the interior doors were locked, which trapped him just inside with nowhere to escape.
The off-duty officer was directly behind him and ordered him down to the ground and the suspect complied. The officer stood by until an on-duty Bloomington Police officer arrived at the scene to take the man into custody.
Herman said that the suspect made up several different versions of what brought him into contact with the off-duty officer. One of these was that he was at the Mall of America and was waiting for a friend at the transit station.
While there, he apparently bumped into another person he knew from Minneapolis and started talking with him about trading sex for drugs. The suspect was quick to tell officers that he would never take part in something like that.
The suspect then allegedly told police, according to Herman, that while he was nearby a parking structure, the same area the off-duty officer and his wife were walking by, he thought he heard them say something. Herman did not advise what the suspect thought he heard, or if any comment was even mentioned.
However, the suspect claimed that the comment made him run at them with a rock. He then claimed that, instead of being in an intimate moment with the man in the bushes, he was allegedly being assaulted by him in some manner.
Herman advised that officers searched the area to find the man in question to determine if there had been a crime or not. They did locate a man who was lying in the grass near the Reflections Condominiums at 8161 33rd Avenue. The police were able to determine that this man was the one the suspect was with prior to the incident.
However, officers were unable to get much information out of him due to a language barrier and his degree of intoxication. At any rate, it did not appear that he had assaulted the suspect.
Herman advised that the suspect was arrested for his assault on the off-duty officer and his wife for charging at them with a rock. He was charged with second-degree assault.
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Here is another incident Law Enforcement Today brought you on crime in Minnesota.
SANT PAUL, MN – Police say they were planning on killing cops and trying to overthrow the government.
Two white men who identify themselves of a possible domestic terrorist organization, known as the Boogaloo Bois, have been arrested and charged with terrorism type offenses in Minnesota.
Federal authorities allege the pair believes they were working with members of documented terrorist group, Hamas.
BREAKING: Two self-described “Boogaloo Bois” were charged for allegedly conspiring and attempting to aid extremist Islamist group Hamas as part of “their desire to overthrow the government” after protests erupted over the police-killing of George Floyd https://t.co/adxeO3AAze
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 4, 2020
The two men, Michael Solomon of Minnesota, and Benjamin Teeter or North Carolina, believed they were working with Hamas for the purpose of destroying government buildings.
Instead of talking with Hamas, they were actually talking with a confidential source with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The pair were taken into custody on September 3rd following the investigation and made their initial appearance in front of Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung in the US District Court of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The judge ordered both to remain in custody pending their next hearing which is set for September 9th.
2 members of far-right group Boogaloo Bois charged with attempting to support Hamas https://t.co/XJrQB1IvlZ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 5, 2020
Assistant Attorney General John Demers said:
“This case can only be understood as a disturbing example of the old adage, ‘The enemy of your enemy is your friend. As alleged in the complaint, these defendants sought to use violence against the police, other government officials and government property as part of their desire to overthrow the government.
“While planning these activities, the defendants met individuals whom they believed to be members of the foreign terrorist group Hamas. Thinking that they shared the same desire to harm the United States, they sought to join forces and provide support, including in the form of weapons accessories, to Hamas.
“They failed. No matter what witch’s brew of ideological motivations inspire those who seek to engage in terrorist activity and harm our country and our fellow citizens, the National Security Division is committed to identifying and holding them accountable.
I want to thank the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this case and ensuring that these defendants could not carry out their deadly plans.”
United States Attorney Erica H MacDonald said:
“Michael Solomon and Benjamin Teeter proclaim themselves to be members of the Boogaloo Bois, a group that espouses a violent ideology and an objective to overthrow the government.
“The defendants believed their anti-U.S. government views aligned with those of Hamas, a foreign terrorist organization, and actively developed plans to carry out violence in Minnesota and elsewhere.
Whenever extremist ideologies, regardless of their roots, move into the realm of violence, the FBI and its Joint Terrorism Task Force stands at the ready to prevent potentially deadly and destructive plots.”
Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division Jill Sanborn said:
“The FBI is committed to stopping acts of violence against law enforcement officers or anyone else in our communities.
According to the criminal complaint, the defendants in this case were willing to work with Hamas, a foreign terrorist organization, in order to get money for potential acts of violence here in the U.S.
The FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office demonstrated that we will continue working with our law enforcement partners to detect and stop such activity and protect public safety.”
The FBI initiated the federal investigation into the Solomon and Teeter in May of 2020. They allege that the pair is part of a sub-group called the “Boojahideen” which is affiliated with the Boogaloo Bois.
The FBI describes the Boogaloo Bois as a:
“Loosely-connected group of individuals who espouse violent anti-government sentiments. The term “Boogaloo” itself references an impending second civil war in the United States and is associated with violent uprisings in the government.”
Two Boogaloo Bois were charged today with providing material support to Hamas.
“This case can only be understood as a disturbing example of the old adage, ‘The enemy of your enemy is your friend,’” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers. https://t.co/HPfRlnFA32
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) September 4, 2020
According to the FBI, Solomon and Teeter had interacted with a witness over the course of several days after the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
The witness informed federal law enforcement that both people possessed firearms and a large amount of ammunition. That the pair wished to injure police officers and other targets to further the goal of Boojahideen.
Through the investigation, Solomon and Teeter, during recorded conversations, believed that Hamas shared a similar view in the overthrow of the United States and wished to join forces. They wanted to become “mercenaries” for the terrorist group in order to secure funding for their movement.
Solomon and Teeter spoke with an undercover FBI agent, whom they believed was a senior member of Hamas, and expressed their desire to destroy government monuments and raid a white supremacist organization in North Carolina. They then wanted to target politicians and people of the media.
Solomon and Teeter are also alleged to have said they had the ability to create unmarked gun parts and make unregistered and untraceable weapons, including suppressors for those firearms.
On July 30th, they delivered a shipment of five suppressors they believed were going to Hamas. They believed these components as well as other items designed to make a weapon fully automatic would be deployed against United States Military.
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