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Press Release: Salem Township Assault on March 18th, 2019 - Captain Scott Behrns
On March 18th, 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 compliant. 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 20th, 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 5th, 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.
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. 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 notification has 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 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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