OPH prisoner charged in gang-related stabbing

A Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights inmate faces charges of committing a crime for the benefit of a gang and second-degree assault, according to the Washington County Attorney’s Office.

The inmate, identified in court documents as Ernesto Martin Sanchez, is accused of assaulting another MCI-Oak Park Heights inmate while walking back to the living unit from recreation area. Surveillance video allegedly shows Sanchez and another inmate walking with the victim, before Sanchez is seen allegedly taking an object from his pants pocket and stabbing the victim with the object at least 20 times in his neck and back. The weapon was later found to be a toothbrush sharpened into a knife-like object.

Court documents indicate that a search of Sanchez’s cell revealed a letter written in English and Spanish detailing several assaults involving a faction of the Sureno 13 Security Threat Group against another faction of the Sureno 13s that was allegedly supposed to take place at the facility. Court documents said Sanchez is a confirmed member of the Sureno 13 STG and information allegedly supports that the defendant committed this assault in furtherance of the gang.

Man convicted on threat charge

A 20-year-old Lakeland man has been sentenced to 365 days in jail with 245 days suspended and two years probation after being found guilty on charges of terroristic threats after an incident involving a replica firearm.

The man, identified as Antony Eling in court documents, had pointed the fake gun at the 23-year-old victim. Court documents state that the incident took place after Eling sent text messages to a friend of the 23-year-old victim saying Eling had taken offense at how the victim looked at Eling’s girlfriend.

Court documents added that text messages were exchanged and the parties went to Humphries Park, where Eling drove up and pointed the replica out the vehicle window, cocked the gun and pointed it at the victim. A friend of the victim taped a portion of the event on her cell phone. The Victim ran for help and his friend left with Eling following their car closely.

Eling admitted to investigators that he had displayed a pellet gun that looks like a hand gun at the 23-year-old but was not pointing it at him. He also said he was trying to scare him.

Woman charged with DWI

A Lake Elmo woman has been sentenced to three years of probation after being convicted of possesion and DWI.

Court documents said Stillwater Police officers responded April 9, 2012, to a call of an intoxicated woman, identified in court documents as Alice Chamberlain,  who hit a utility pole and was arguing with a male in the street.

Court documents state that when officers approached Chamberlain, she began driving westbound on Laurel Street, where officers pulled her over. Court documents indicate that Chamberlain told police she didn’t know where her driver’s license was and that she had been drinking after an argument with her ex-boyfriend when she struck the pole.

Field tests revealed Chamberlain had poor balance and an inability to follow instructions and a preliminary breath test was 0.11. Court documents indicate she also stated she had Xanax in her purse without a prescription.

In addition to probation, Chamberlain was fined $500, must spend two days in jail, is banned from drug and alcohol use and undergo random drug tests. She’s also required to attend Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings weekly.

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