A Monticello, Minn. man has been charged in connection with fleeing police after armed robbery and an ensuing car crash that left a father and his 1-year-old baby boy with serious brain injuries on Monday evening.
According to charges, Kevin Greene, 47, played pull tabs at Tootsie's Tavern in Big Lake, Minn. for three hours before robbing the place of $460 and attempting to flee police.
Greene was charged in Sherburne County in connection with armed robbery at the tavern and six felony counts in Wright County after fleeing the scene of the robbery and broadsiding another vehicle. He also admitted to using cocaine on the day of the crash.
According to charges, Greene, donning a yellow construction vest, was playing pull tabs at Tootsie's Tavern for about three hours when he picked a winner.
While the attendant was counting his winnings, Greene said he had "a .45 something," fumbling around with his waistband. She believed he had a gun so she put the money back in the drawer of the booth and announced she was being robbed. Greene reached into the drawer, took $460 in $20 bills and exited the building. A patron followed Greene outside, but Greene turned to him and said "I have a gun," pointing to his waist.
In a police interview, Greene said he had lost money playing pull tabs and admitted to taking $460 and driving away.
According to charges, Big Lake police responded to a reported armed robbery at Tootsie's Tavern on 110 Jefferson Boulevard in Big Lake, Minn. around 5:34 p.m. Wright County Sheriff's Deputy Yauk saw two Big Lake police squads pursing Greene's suspect 1999 Chevy Suburban stopped at a red light on Highway 25 and Broadway Street, about 5 miles from the tavern. Yauk signaled for Greene to pull over, joining the pursuit.
According to charges, Greene refused to pull over and abruptly turned left, fleeing onto eastbound Broadway Street. After making several attempts to evade police, Greene turned onto Ramsey Street and drove onto two residential yards before continuing onto Broadway Street in the wrong direction, traveling east in the westbound lane.
Shortly thereafter, he hit a 2008 Honda Accord broadside as it traveled south on Wright County Road 18, causing both vehicles to roll.
The Honda Accord was driven by Monticello, Minn. man Travis Kolles with his son, 1-year-old Layton Kolles secured in a car seat in the backseat. Both sustained life-threatening injuries and are at the North Memorial Medical Center ICU in critical condition. Travis Kolles sustained a traumatic brain injury, fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. Layton Kolles sustained a traumatic brain injury.
Greene suffered non life-threatening injuries and is now in custody. According to charges, he had alcohol in his system and admitted to snorting cocaine that day. No alcohol was detected on Kolles.
The father and son were just a few miles away from their home when they were struck.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Family of Travis and Layton Kolles have set up a medical fund called the Kolles Family Benefit Fund through the Bank of Elk River.