A Mahnomen man faces three felony charges in Becker County District Court after being accused of robbing an Ogema convenience store with an assault-style rifle.
Levi Brandin Jerome, 32, of Mahnomen is charged with felony first-degree aggravated robbery, felony second-degree assault, and felony possession of ammunition or a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence.
According to court records, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11, store surveillance video shows a man entering the M&W Convenience Store in Ogema wearing a tan baseball hat, sunglasses, a red bandana covering his face, a red shirt draped over one shoulder, a black jacket, khaki pants and black gloves, and pointing a high-powered assault-style rifle at the female clerk’s head-torso area.
He is seen going around the counter, opening the cash drawer with the help of the clerk, and then grabbing cash and a bank bag containing cash with one hand while holding the rifle with the other.
He left by the main entrance, apparently losing money as he fled: Responding officers picked up about $800 in bills within a block radius of the store. Jerome is believed to have taken about $2,000 total, according to the criminal complaint.
He was driven to Ogema from Detroit Lakes by a man who had agreed through a friend to give him a ride to White Earth. The man picked up Jerome at an apartment building in Detroit Lakes, and said Jerome had a big camo bag-backpack with him when he got into the pickup truck.
Jerome told the driver they were going to meet somebody for a drug deal. As they drove, Jerome’s story kept changing, and he was having the man drive him all over the place. When they arrived in Ogema, the driver said Jerome was acting strange. He was dropped off on a dark street near the city liquor store. He took the camo bag with him and was wearing a red bandana and black stretchy gloves. He told the driver to wait, and awhile later, came running back to the truck and jumped in.
He told the driver he just “took the guy’s money,” from the supposed drug deal. Jerome pulled out all sorts of small bills -- $20s, $10s and $1’s, and had the backpack on when he got into the truck. The driver never saw a gun.
The driver dropped Jerome back off at his Detroit Lakes apartment and said he received “a little dope” and $20 for gas. The driver said he didn't know Jerome had robbed a store that evening, and when he figured it out, he felt guilty and contacted law enforcement.
On Nov. 19, a warrant was issued for Jerome’s arrest by District Judge Peter Irvine.
The White Earth Police Department obtained a court order to track Jerome’s cellphone, and he was arrested in Devils Lake, N.D.
Because of a 2011 drug conviction, he is not allowed to have guns or ammunition.
Ponsford man caught in stolen car with stolen plates
Harley Louis Warren, 27, of Ponsford, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony theft and felony receiving stolen property.
According to court records, on Nov. 21, a Becker County deputy investigating a gas drive-off was informed by a White Earth officer that the suspect vehicle, a white 2015 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, was parked at a residence on the reservation.
The truck had been reported stolen Sept. 19 in Hubbard County, and at the time of the gas drive-off, it had license plates that were stolen in Fargo. Warren was caught on gas station video during the drive-off, and admitted on Sunday, Nov. 22, that he had been driving the pickup truck since the previous Friday.
He was previously convicted of motor vehicle theft in 2016.
On Nov. 23, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony authorized him to be released without bail, under standard conditions of release, or bond at $12,000 without conditions.
Frazee man charged with making threats from jail
Mark Anthony Peterson, 35, of rural Frazee has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony threats of violence.
According to court records, on Nov. 19, he called a woman from the Becker County Jail, telling her he would be getting out of jail soon. He said he would “strangle” her and told her “I will be coming for you,” and “I’m going to make you pay.” He told her that he was “coming for you,” multiple times, and told her she “better (obscenity) hide,” and “your life is over as you know it.”
On Nov. 23, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony set cash bail for Peterson at $1,000 or bond at $10,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $20,000 without conditions.
Peterson was earlier charged in Becker County District Court with two felony counts of first-degree controlled substance crime, after agents with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant Aug. 12 on a Detroit Lakes motel room rented by Peterson.
A duffel bag belonging to Peterson contained $2,900 in $20 bills, a microbaggie with 1.7 grams of heroin, a microbaggie with 1.8 grams of heroin, a microbaggie with 10.8 grams of heroin and a baggie with 90.8 grams of meth, according to court records.
As of Wednesday, Peterson was no longer listed as an inmate in the Becker County Jail.
Man accused of stealing jump-start equipment from Walmart
Anthony Joseph Vannett, 35, of White Earth has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree burglary and gross misdemeanor giving a false name to a peace officer.
According to court records, on Nov. 18, he was pulled over at 10:15 p.m. as he was leaving the Detroit Lakes Walmart parking lot.
Walmart asset protection had reported to police that he had over $100 worth of merchandise in his vehicle, and that he had violated a no-trespass order in effect at Walmart until Dec. 27. The officer found a car jump-start/charging unit, stolen from Walmart, inside Vannett’s vehicle. Vannett provided a false name to the officer that pulled him over.
On Nov. 20, District Judge Galen Vaa set cash bail for Vannett at $500 or bond at $5,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $15,000 without conditions.