Eagan Man Charged after Alleged Threat Over Loud Radio

Created: 02/04/2013 7:39 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

An Eagan man who was arrested in January after he allegedly threatened to shoot a utility contractor working outside his home has been charged.

According to a Dakota County criminal complaint, Daniel Thomas Drobac, 32, is charged with felony terroristic threats.

On Jan. 18, police were called to the 1600 block of Woodgate Lane, where the contractor was working on a utility box outside Drobac's home and had the radio on her van playing at a high volume so she could hear the radio while she worked. She said as she was setting up her tent around the utility box, a man yelled at her, but she didn't know what he was saying. A short time later, the same man  yelled "I'm not kidding, I'm going to [expletive] shoot you," the complaint says. She called 911 and stayed inside her tent until police arrived.

Upon arrival officers found a large kitchen knife in the snow about 10 feet from the tent. The complaint says officers didn't see any footprints around the knife, but there were marks in the snow that indicated the knife had skidded across the top of the snow from the direction of the home.

After a standoff that lasted about 3 1/2 hours, officers were able to make contact with Drobac and took him into custody without incident.

Drobac told police he was watching a Gopher basketball game from the night before that he recorded when he heard the contractor's radio. The complaint says he admitted he was upset because the contractor was listening to KFAN, and they were talking about the outcome of the game he was watching.

Drobac admitted to yelling out of his window, but he "believed he just told the person to turn the radio off," according to the complaint. He denied throwing a knife out of his house, but admitted to owning a knife set matching the knife officers found in the snow.

Inside Drobac's home, officers found a block set of knives that match the knife found in the snow, the complaint says.

If convicted, Drobac faces up to five years in prison and/or a $3,000 to $10,000 fine.