2 Arrested after Disturbance in Coon Rapids Apartment Building

Created: 11/16/2012 2:13 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Two Coon Rapids residents were charged after police were called to their apartment unit.

Police were called to 10331 Linnet Circle N.W. in Coon Rapids around 7:47 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, to check on the welfare of 20-year-old Michelle Lynn Fonken, who is about nine months pregnant. Initial reports were that her boyfriend, 30-year-old Travis Arthur Lindahl, was high on meth and making threats about “death to predators.”

Officers determined that Fonken didn’t appear to be in danger and left.

Around 11:25 p.m., officers were again called to the unit on a report that Lindahl had become more irate and was threatening to kill anyone who came through the door. Police say Lindahl was screaming at the top of his lungs and saying the government wanted to kill his unborn child.

Other residents in the apartment building were evacuated and the SWAT team was called. They tried to make contact with Lindahl but he refused to answer the door, according to the criminal complaint. The SWAT team was able to get into the unit, and Fonken and Lindahl retreated to the bathroom.

When the SWAT officers tried to get Fonken and Lindahl out of the bathroom, Fonken allegedly tried to disarm an officer of his taser and repeated punched him in the face. The criminal complaint says she also bit another office on the hand.

Meanwhile, Lindahl swung his fist at an officer and grabbed the officer’s taser with both hands and tried to pull it away, police say.

Lindahl and Fonken were both eventually taken into custody. Lindahl admitted that his behavior was fueled by meth, which he said he had been using all day.

Fonken has been charged with two counts of fourth degree assault. If convicted, she faces up to three years in prison and $6,000 in fines on the first charge and up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines on the second charge.

Lindahl has been charged with attempting to disarm a police officer. If convicted, he faces up to 2 ½ years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.