Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Man Charged For Burglary, Robbery, Fleeing Police, Apprehended in Parking Lot of Jewish Community Center 

A 53-year-old man has been charged, after police say he stole a couple's car and used it in a crime spree through St. Paul.

The couple was dining at The Capital Grille in downtown Minneapolis, celebrating their engagement, and left their car with the valet. While they enjoyed dinner, police say Gregory Avent drove their car to the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul where he allegedly robbed a woman and committed two burglaries.

Avent has been charged with burglary, robbery and fleeing police in a motor vehicle for all the incidents of Oct. 4.

The Minneapolis native will make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint, Avent allegedly stole a woman's purse while in her garage on the 2100 block of James Avenue. Then, roughly 10 minutes later, he allegedly broke into an occupied home on the 600 block of Mount Curve Boulevard, but fled after he was confronted by the homeowner.

Later that same night, police say Avent broke into a second home, this time unoccupied, in the 2200 block of Highland Parkway.

An officer spotted Avent near the area of the second alleged burglary and attempted to pull him over. Police say Avent fled the scene at a high rate of speed, catching the attention of other officers in the area who assisted in the pursuit.

According to the criminal complaint, Avent nearly crashed into several vehicles while fleeing police and speeding through St. Paul, near the Cleveland and St. Paul avenues.

He finally pulled into the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center, where he was quickly surrounded by police. According to the complaint, police were forced to use pepper spray and deploy a Taser in order to get Avent out of the vehicle and under control.

Avent was eventually arrested and taken into custody.


That was my car... crazy story.


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