Updated: 06/15/2013 10:38 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
A man with a criminal history is charged for allegedly starting a crime spree in Foley, Minn., which lasted about 48 hours before his arrest in St. Paul.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged 39-year-old Brandon Stark with Aggravated Robbery in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree and Fleeing Police in a Motor Vehicle in connection with the incidents at the Holiday gas station.
Police say Stark’s crime spree spanned three counties.
Stark is accused of kidnapping a Coborn’s grocery store employee in Foley early Wednesday morning and forcing the employee to drive him to Northeast Minneapolis.
Stark was released from prison May 6 for burglary, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault. He’s reportedly on supervised release.
The Department of Justice put out a warrant for his arrest Wednesday. He showed up in Northeast Minneapolis just before 9 p.m. Thursday when he allegedly forced a woman to walk him to her car at knifepoint. The woman threw her keys at him and ran into the Anchor Fish and Chips restaurant at Third Street and 13th Avenue.
Stark allegedly kidnapped another woman and had her drive him to South Minneapolis where she ran into the Holiday Gas Station on 46th and Hiawatha.
Police say Stark then carjacked a man at those gas pumps and took his Mitsubishi Gallant on a joyride over the Ford Bridge into St. Paul. Minneapolis Police chased after him along Ford Parkway.
Exactly 32 minutes after the first attempted kidnapping that day, police say the suspect hit four parked cars along Ford Parkway and was taken into custody.
Highland Park neighbors say the pileup was “quite a sight to see.”
More changes could be coming for Stark.
Stark is currently being held without bail for the DOC at the Hennepin County Jail.