Charges have been filed against the man accused of throwing a vise through a car windshield and severely injuring an Iraq war vet, and prosecutors say he also hurled a number of other odd items at passing cars -- including an anvil, a 15-pound dumb bell and a gallon of water.
Prosecutors say Gerret Parks is a danger to himself -- as well as the metro area and beyond.
On Wednesday, officials leveled criminal charges of first-degree assault and damage to property against Parks. He was booked into the Hennepin County Jail early Thursday morning, with bail increased to $800,000.
Investigators say Parks started pitching some pretty strange items at passing cars months ago, and the items got progressively more dangerous.
According to officials, it all started in January with a gallon of water when a driver reported that someone threw a gallon of water out a driver's side window from the inside lane on Normandale Blvd. Since December, 14 drivers have reported similar situations. Among the items reported are rocks, bottles, wine, a 15-pound dumb bell, an anvil, a pipe, and -- of course -- the metal vise.
Prosecutors say they found footage of Parks purchasing the gallon of water used in the first fling at a nearby Holiday gas station.
In recent days, Parks' mugshot portraits have become a portrait of bizarre behavior. Many across the metro have wondered what would possess a person to throw a metal vise at a moving car. After he was arrested again in Wisconsin following what officers described as a drunken high-speed chase just 17 hours after his release from the Hennepin County Jail, many wondered what it would take to keep him out of trouble.
The bitter part for Shannon Stacke is knowing that the man accused of throwing the vise that shattered her husband's jaw and cost him several teeth isn't locked up. Now that she's read the criminal complaint, she said it's even more unsettling that he was released.
Parks apparently attempted to slit his wrists while in the Hennepin County Jail using the zipper on his pants, but he was still able to make bail. Hours later, he would be arrested and released again after posting bail in Wisconsin on a charge of fleeing police even though he told investigators that he was thinking about killing himself by driving his SUV off a bridge.
No one has seen Parks at the home he shares with his mother in several days. Neighbors did not want to go on camera, but said they are not surprised by the accusations because he was in and out of juvenile detention as a kid and has been causing mischief since the age of 12.
Before taking his Facebook page offline, Parks posted that "all this legal crap is not true," and told investigators his former friend must have stolen the items to set him up.