Minneapolis accident leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

A 24-year-old Stillwater man remains in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center and a 20-year-old Somerset man is dead following a two-vehicle collision in Minneapolis early Monday morning involving a suspected drunk driver.

The Stillwater man, Connor Macklin, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Brody Sotona of Spring Valley, Wis., when the accident occurred just before 1 a.m. Monday at Fourth Street Southeast and Central Avenue in Minneapolis.

Events leading to the accident began when a Minnesota State Patrol trooper stopped a vehicle for speeding and suspicion of impaired driving on Interstate 94, according to a DPS crash report. After initially stopping, that vehicle’s driver, 34-year-old Yia Her of St. Paul, fled the scene, the report added.

Her evaded the trooper’s attempt to stop his car before Her’s vehicle collided broadside with Sotona’s vehicle at the intersection of Fourth Street and Central Avenue.

Her was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries in the accident, the report said.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office is investigating the crash.

Incident at store leads to man’s arrest

A man could face several charges after he allegedly shoplifted items from the Market Drive Target store and assaulted a store employee who confronted him last Friday.

The suspect, identified in Stillwater Police reports as Samuel Perez, was arrested on robbery and assault charges after Perez was seen on store security cameras attempting to steal almost $52 worth of merchandise.

An SPD report said a Target loss prevention officer noticed Perez allegedly shoplifting items that included protein bars, a backpack, roll of duct tape, DVD and water bottle and followed him in hopes that Perez would stop. Perez then allegedly bypassed all store’s registers and was confronted by the loss prevention officer in the entryway, the report added.

Perez then allegedly became combative and aggressive toward the store employee, let go of the items, pushed the employee and threw the water bottle at him and fled the scene, the report said. But as the store employee collected the merchandise Perez dropped, Perez allegedly returned, took the items from the employee and ran to his car, the report added.

The employee called the SPD, officers eventually stopped Perez’s vehicle and allegedly found the stolen items in the vehicle’s front seat.

The incident has been sent to the Washington County Attorney’s office for formal charges.

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