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Ham Lake, MN (KROC AM News) - What started as a call about a suspicious man in a Twin Cities suburb ended in a police chase that damaged numerous law enforcement vehicles.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office was contacted Tuesday evening about a suspicious man who was watching children in a neighborhood in the town of Ham Lake.

A deputy who responded checked the license plate number of the man’s car and learned its owner was wanted on a criminal sexual conduct warrant. The man suddenly drove off but the deputy did not chase him because there were too many people in the area.

Another deputy spotted the car a short while later in Blaine.

Several officers tried stopping the vehicle using stop sticks and “pursuit intervention techniques.” The sheriff’s office says the man crashed into “multiple squad cars” before he was finally stopped near the National Sports Center.


But the man wasn’t ready to give up:

“Once stopped, the male armed himself with a knife and refused law enforcement’s commands. Less lethal tactics were used to disarm the male and place him under arrest.”

The man has been identified as 59-year-old Andrey Harrell of Minneapolis.

Anoka County ADC
Anoka County ADC

Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart released this statement Wednesday:

“It is tragic that the suspect has chosen such a negative path, but I am grateful for the law enforcement team of professionals who were able to bring resolution without any injures. We will continue to hold criminals accountable for their behavior in Anoka County.”

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