Minneapolis police said a violent felon released from the Lino Lakes prison in May went on a knife-wielding carjacking spree that started Wednesday at a grocery store in Foley, Minn. and ended Thursday night in a crash involving six vehicles in St. Paul.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
MAY 2013 / LINO LAKES PRISON
39-year-old Brandon Stark was released from the Lino Lakes prison after serving a six-year term for aggravated robbery. The Minnesota Department of Corrections issued a warrant for his arrest Wednesday after he failed to maintain contact with his parole officer. Corrections officials also learned he hadn't been living at his approved address.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 / FOLEY, MINN.
The crime spree began around 3 a.m. Wednesday at the Coborn's grocery store on Glen Street in Foley, Minn., where Stark allegedly carjacked an employee at knifepoint and forced him to drive to Minneapolis.
Once arriving in the city, the grocery worker was set free, unharmed, near 16th Avenue NE and California Avenue NE.
THURSDAY, JUNE 13 / MINNEAPOLIS
The second carjacking was reported around 8:50 p.m. on the 1700 block of 2nd Street NE, where Stark forced a 31-year-old woman into her car at knifepoint. The woman drove to the Anchor Fish & Chips restaurant on 13th Avenue NE, where she ran inside for help, leaving Stark with her car.
When confronted by another man, Stark ran a block away and carjacked a 36-year-old woman at 3rd Street NE and 12th Avenue NE. The woman said she was running out of gas as she pulled into the Holiday gas station at E. 46th Street and Hiawatha Avenue. After pulling up to the pump, she ran inside the store for help.
CRASH IN ST. PAUL ENDS CRIME SPREE
Stark stole another car from a 36-year-old man, but fled alone this time. Minneapolis police started a pursuit after seeing the suspect on the Ford Bridge, bringing the chase across the river into St. Paul.
The chase ended when the suspect struck another car and four other parked cars on Ford Parkway near the St. Kate's campus.
Police made an arrest a short time later.