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#PressRelease: Motor Vehicle Crash in Rural Olmsted County
On November 4th, 2019, at approximately 3:54 PM, Olmsted County Deputies responded to the intersection of 85th Street and 70th Avenue Northeast in Farmington Township (Olmsted County) for a motor vehicle crash with serious injuries. Upon the arrival, the first deputy, Deputy Tracey Pagel, she learned that a 3-year old female was not breathing and did not have a pulse. The 3-year old was identified as Evelyn McKenzie.Deputy Pagel performed life-saving CPR on Evelyn for at least 15 to 20 minutes, until the arrival of Olmsted County Deputy Thomas Olson. Deputy Olson assisted Deputy Pagel in providing life-saving medical care while Mayo One (medical helicopter) responded to the scene. Evelyn was airlifted to St. Marys Hospital for emergency medical care. The Sheriff’s Office has learned from the family that Evelyn’s condition has improved, but she is still in need of medical care.The preliminary accident investigation has shown that a vehicle was driven by 38-year old Joshua Jacobson of Chatfield, Minnesota was northbound on 70th Avenue and Jacobson failed to stop/yield to a vehicle that was proceeding eastbound on 85th Street. The vehicle proceeding eastbound was driven by 34-year old Kathryn McKenzie (Evelyn’s Mother) of Elgin, Minnesota.Jacobson’s vehicle struck McKenzie’s vehicle in the rear, passenger-side door, where Evelyn was properly secured in a child safety seat. Evelyn took the brunt of the crash where she was positioned. Kathryn was seat belted in her vehicle at the time of the crash. Kathryn was later seen for possible injuries at St. Marys Hospital.Jacobson was transported by Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service to St. Marys Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released to the custody of Olmsted County deputies. At the time of the initial crash investigation, Jacobson admitted to using methamphetamine and marijuana approximately 48 hours prior to the crash. Olmsted County deputies observed several indicators that Jacobson was most likely still under the influence and a search warrant was obtained for Jacobson’s person. A blood sample was obtained, and we are awaiting results from the lab at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.Jacobson was turned over to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center on an apprehension order as he is currently on probation for a controlled substance DWI offense. Jacobson is well known to law enforcement in southeast Minnesota for his criminal endeavors. Formal charges have been submitted to the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office for review while Jacobson remains in custody at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.Deputies Pagel and Olson are politely declining any media interviews as they want the focus of the story to be on Evelyn’s recovery and her strong will to survive.The Sheriff’s Office is grateful to all the other emergency personnel that helped to save Evelyn both at the scene and at St. Marys Hospital.We wish Evelyn a speedy recovery and we are proud of her fighting spirit.Thank you.
Press Release: 2nd Arrest in the Homicide of Garad Hassan Roble - Captain Scott Behrns
On August 14th, 2019, at approximately 2:32 PM, members of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office arrested Muhidin Omar Abukar (DOB: 01.01.1989) of Rochester (MN) for his involvement in the homicide of Garad Roble on March 5th, 2019.
The Olmsted County Attorney’s Office will be filing a criminal complaint against Abukar this morning (August 15, 2019) with Olmsted County District Court for Aiding an Offender-2nd Degree Murder.
Abukar will appear in Olmsted County District Court at 10:30 AM for his arraignment.
This investigation is still on-going. Law enforcement in Olmsted County is hopeful that the arrest of Abukar and Ayub Iman, on June 12th, 2019, will bring cooperation from those that have knowledge of Garad Roble’s homicide.
The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank our partner law enforcement agencies for their assistance in our investigation. The teamwork shown between the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Rochester (MN) Police Department, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension led to the arrests in this case.
If someone has information related to the homicide of Garad Roble, they can contact us through Crimestoppers of Olmsted County online at or 1.800.222.TIPS (8477).
The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office recently took part in the largest single seizure of Methamphetamine in Southeast Minnesota, helping remove more than 55 pounds from our communities. The drugs sealed in 50 different packages and held an estimated street value of $300,000.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the DEA, the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, and other members of the Southeast Minnesota Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET).
Press Release: Homicide Investigation Update - Captain Scott Behrns
On June 12th, 2019, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office arrested Ayub Iman (Age 23, from Rochester, MN) for his role in the homicide of Garad Roble on March 5th, 2019. Iman was taken into custody, without incident, at the Olmsted County Government Center at approximately 10:50 AM.
Iman is expected to be charged with Aiding an Offender for 2nd Degree Murder by the Olmsted County Attorney's Office.
This investigation is still very active. Due to the complexities of this investigation, we are limited in what we can say and answer.
We also have strong reason to believe that certain persons that have relationships with Iman may have knowledge of the homicide. We strongly urge those people to do the right thing and come forward with any information they have.
Due to conflicting relationships that Iman has with current Olmsted County detainees, Iman is being held at the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center.
Press Release: Arrest of Dustin Gary Beckman Age 31 from Rochester, MN. Beckman is scheduled for arraignment in Olmsted County District Court at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 31st, 2019. - Captain Scott Behrns
On March 7th, 2019, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division began a criminal sexual conduct investigation involving Dustin Gary Beckman (Age 31, from Rochester, MN). The investigation focused on allegations of inappropriate touching by Beckman against a 14-year old female during an off-season soccer training session being conducted at the Dover-Eyota High School. The alleged offense occurred in December of 2018.
As the preceding investigation progressed, the Sheriff's Office learned of additional allegations involving Beckman that allegedly began in July of 2016 and continued through December of 2017. Those allegations include having forced, sexual contact including penetration, with a then 14-year old female. The alleged assaults occurred at Beckman's residence in Rochester. Beckman allegedly knew the victim through soccer-related activities. The Sheriff's Office commenced that investigation on May 10th, 2019.
Based upon the very serious nature of the allegations in both investigations, the Sheriff's Office took Beckman into custody on at approximately 10:50 AM on May 29th, 2019 at a residence in rural Winona County.
Beckman is now in custody at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. The reports have been forwarded to the Olmsted County Attorney's Office for formal charging. The Sheriff's Office is recommending the following charges for each respective investigation:
For the investigation that began on March 7th, 2019, Felony 4th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.
For the investigation that began on May 10th, 2019, Felony 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and Felony 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.
Press Release: Suspicious Device in Eyota Incident - Captain Scott Behrns
On May 28th, 2019, at approximately 10:04 AM, Olmsted County Deputies were sent to the area of County Road #7 and Highway 14 East in Eyota for a Suspicious Device complaint.
Staff members from the Olmsted County Highway Department located a 20-ounce pop bottle with a fuse inserted into the cap. The bottle also had the words “caution explosive” written on the bottle.
County Road #7 was closed to traffic from Highway 14 East north to 10th Street Southeast while emergency personnel awaited the arrival of the St. Paul (MN) Bomb Squad. The scene was also controlled by fire units from the Eyota and Dover Fire Departments.
At approximately 1:30 PM, the St. Paul Bomb Squad arrived at the scene and made a determination to safely destroy the suspicious device at the scene. The device was destroyed, and the remnants will be taken with the St. Paul Bomb Squad for further evidentiary testing.
County Road #7 should be open for traffic at approximately 2:30 PM (May 28th, 2019).
There are no threats that accompany this incident nor is there any information as to how the suspicious device was placed at the scene.
If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office through Crimestoppers of Rochester/Olmsted County at 800 222-8477 or on the Crime Stoppers website.
Stolen Packages from Doorsteps and Dumped Meth Labs
Even though it seems Spring has not arrived, or Spring did arrive for one day and left, it is that time of year where package thieves are stealing away and meth makers are more active in illegal dumping.
First off, we received two reports from the city of Byron where residents were notified through their package carriers of their expected deliveries. When the residents went to retrieve the packages, the packages were gone; likely due to theft. The incidents occurred on Towne Drive Northeast and were during the daytime hours. So please do what these residents did by receiving notification that your expected delivery has been completed. If you don't want your delivery to sit out during the day time hours, have it delivered to someone you trust who would most likely be home at the time of delivery. Video doorbells are also a wise investment. But the best method is to have a good relationship with your neighbors. Talk with them and develop plans on how to prevent package theft and simply build a good neighborhood.
Secondly, this is the time of year where we find all kinds of discarded items in our roadway ditches. Sometimes we come across the trash of a portable meth lab. That is what happened in Oronoco Township on May 8th, 2019. Portable meth labs are nasty and dangerous. They contain unstable chemicals, bottles, tubing, and all kinds of junk that we don't want people exposed too. If you are taking part in a ditch cleaning crew, Number 1 Thank you and Number 2, be on the lookout for items like what is shown in the picture below. Use caution when picking up bottles that appear to have a clear distinction between the liquids in the bottle. If you don't know, then it is best safe to call law enforcement, so we can look at the items in question.
Thanks to all especially all the Mother's on this Mother's Day Weekend!
Larger Than Life: Daniel Syverson
Daniel Syverson was loved by many and brought joy to everyone he came across. On July 4, 2017, Daniel Syverson was traveling on his motorcycle to Red Wing to meet up with friends. As Dan approached Wabasha County Road 3, an eastbound vehicle attempted to make a left turn on County Road 3. The driver did not see Dan on his motorcycle, resulting in a devastating crash. Dan, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and died from his injuries. Hear the love of Dan's life, Dana Syverson, paint a picture of who Dan was and talk about the devastating day he passed away.
Press Release: Salem Township Assault on March 18, 2019 - Captain Scott Behrns
On March 18, 2019, at approximately 5:14 PM, Olmsted County Deputies responded to a residence in the 3500 block of County Road #150 SW in Salem Township for an assault complaint. Upon the deputies' arrival, the located a 37-year-old male that had significant lower body injuries from being run over by a vehicle. The investigation at the scene determined that Cynthia Grund (58 years of age, from rural Salem Township) has used a 2004 Ford Explorer to run over the victim who is Grund's son.
The investigation also determined that the victim has a severe alcohol addiction and he was no longer wanted in Grund's residence. The victim who was highly intoxicated began to walk down the rural driveway when Grund went to pick him up and take him to a friend's house. When Grund approached the victim, the victim refused to get into the vehicle after numerous requests from Grund and made a statement to the effect of "why don't you just run me over." The victim then laid down in the driveway in front of Grund's vehicle. Grund then backed the vehicle up and ran intentionally ran over the victim. Grund admitted to her actions and at one point made a comment to the effect, "He didn't believe I would. He has been drinking all day. We gave him a chance."
Grund was taken into custody at the scene and is facing the potential of several felony level charges which will be determined by the Olmsted County Attorney's Office. Grund's initial court appearance will be on March 20, 2019 at 10:30 AM in Olmsted County District Court.
The victim was transported to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester where he underwent surgery for significant pelvic injuries. His current medical status in not known at this time. The victim received medical care at the scene from Byron First Responders and Gold Cross Ambulance.
The case is still under investigation by the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division.
Based upon the evidence collected at the scene and the statements made by Grund indicate that this was an intentional act, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office will not be releasing the name of the victim. We fully expect that assault charges, including domestic assault, will be filed by the Olmsted County Attorney's Office.
The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office recently responded to one of our local banks for what is called a “fishing” theft. The suspect(s) placed glue trap inside the night depository of the bank and were able to steal the deposits that had been made. While this type of theft is new to Olmsted County, it is not new to other regions of the United States. If you use a bank’s night depository, please make sure the box is clear of any potential traps. Also, if you see someone acting in a suspicious manner, especially when it is dark outside, near a bank depository, please call us right away. You work hard for your money; we don’t want to see you lose it to a criminal that doesn’t. Thanks and Be Safe.
Update 45th St. SE Suspicious Death Investigation:
At approximately 3:48 AM on March 5, 2019, a 911 call from a passerby alerted the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division to a person lying in the road on 45th Street SE between St. Bridget’s Rd. SE (CR 20) and Simpson Rd. SE (CR 1).
Upon arrival, the Patrol Deputies met with the passerby still on the scene and observed an adult male person lying in the road. The person in the road was determined shortly after to... have been deceased at the scene. There were no other persons or vehicles in the area when the passerby or deputies arrived upon the scene.
The victim appears to be an adult Somali male in his twenties with multiple gunshot wounds. We have tentatively identified the victim but are awaiting confirmation from MN BCA and the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. At this time we cannot comment further about the injuries the victim sustained nor any cause of death.
There are no suspects in custody. The investigation is ongoing led by the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division assisted by the Minnesota BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) Crime Scene Team, the Rochester Police Department and the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death and identity will be determined by the Medical Examiner. Information will be released once formal identification and family notifications have been made.
Due to the initial investigation indicating that this was not a random act of violence, we do not believe there is an ongoing concern for public safety.
If you believe you have information that could assist this investigation, please contact our 24-hour confidential tipline at 507 328-6688. Tips may remain anonymous.
Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson provides a brief message following the recent snow event Olmsted County and Southeastern Minnesota experienced. Thank you to everyone who worked hard to stay safe and help one another during a very a dangerous stretch of winter weather.
We have seen a record amount of snow this month. Thank you to those who work hard to keep our roads clear throughout Olmsted County and Southeast Minnesota. Please know that we all appreciate it.
Check out KTTC's story on the work our Sentence to Serve group is doing to help clear snow during this snowy month.
“Feel better. I’ve taken from the community. It’s good to give back. It’s a good opportunity. It teaches us new skills and trades, how things are done,” said Sentence to Serve Detainee Andy Gaskill.
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