Ryan Larson, man falsely accused of Officer Decker murder, accused of stalking ex-GF [UPDATE]

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Larson got himself in trouble when he texted his ex to let her know about the Eric Thomes news.
Original post from January 10 -- update at bottom

Ryan Larson, the man who was initially arrested in connection with the murder of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker, is wanted on felony stalking charges. He's allegedly been harassing his ex-girlfriend for at least six months.

-- Eric Thomes mugshot photos chronicle DWI decline prior to Decker death [PHOTOS]
-- Eric Thomes Facebook page: Profile of the "person of interest" in Officer Decker's murder

After news of the warrant for Larson's arrest broke today, he spoke to a reporter from the St. Cloud Times, and said: "It just seems like everyone is out to get me." "They don't have any single shred of evidence against me," Larson added, echoing remarks he made when he was released from prison after prosectors decided they didn't have enough evidence to charge him in connection with Decker's murder.

The Times report also provides details about how Larson allegedly stalked his ex:
A court complaint filed today in Wright County charging Larson with felony stalking and with violating a restraining order accuses him of contacting a health care facility in Buffalo where his ex-girlfriend worked and threatening to post warnings about the company on blogs and web sites that have anything "to do with your company's interest."

He also is accused of posting a negative online review of the company that included a statement that his ex-girlfriend "should be in jail," according to the court complaint.

He's also accused of contacting two of her former employers; one of those incidents caused her to lose her job in June, according to the charges. She got the restraining order on Aug. 21.

Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty said today that Larson's ex-girlfriend called sheriff's officials on Nov. 29 [the same night Decker was murdered] to report that Larson's mother had received "disturbing text messages" from Larson including one that said "tomorrow something big is going to happen."

Wright County sent two deputies to the ex-girlfriend's house at about 10:30 that night, Hagerty said, because of the ex-girlfriend's concerns about her safety...

The court complaint charging Larson in Wright County indicates that the with his ex-girlfriend continued into January and involved prank calls and text messages, including a message allegedly sent by Larson to his ex-girlfriend Jan. 4 alerting her to breaking news in the Decker investigation.
Our post from the day after's Decker's murder explains the connection between the call Larson's ex-girlfriend made to sheriff's officials on November 29 and Larson's arrest on suspicion he shot Officer Decker:
According to Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, law enforcement received a call of concern about Ryan Larson, 34, about 9 p.m. yesterday evening. The call said Larson was potentially suicidal.

"Officers responded to [Larson's] residence, failed to make contact with him," Sanner said. "[They] did return an hour and 45 minutes later trying to make contact. Officer Decker [along with his partner] pulled up, [were] confronted by armed individual, [Decker was] shot twice, and died."

It appears Decker was ambushed by Larson, authorities said. They also confirmed that Cold Spring officers knew Larson.
It's now clear that one reason officers were familiar with Larson was because he had been repeatedly violating the restraining order taken out against him by his ex in August.

One month to the day after Larson was released from prison, authorities held a press conference to announce that a man named Eric Thomes had killed himself when investigators showed up to re-interview him in connection with Decker's murder. But law enforcement still hasn't cleared Larson's name -- "We have not excluded anyone as a suspect in this case," Wade Setter of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said during the January 4 presser.

In other words, the web of murderous intrigue emanating from Winner's Sports Bar in Cold Spring, the site of Decker's murder, only continues to grow.

:::: UPDATE ::::

A week after being released from jail, Larson is back behind bars.

According to KSTP, Larson posted bail last week and was released from custody after being booked on the stalking charge, but one of the conditions of his release was to turn in all his firearms and gun permit. He failed to do so, and was arrested again at 1:30 this morning.

Here's his latest mugshot:


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You have to be kidding me. I have been getting direct death threats from a person who admitted he sent emails of threats, (but it was just a prank) and they let this guy go. And now I hear of this too. Why was my stalker not arrested, and made to turn in his weapons? Because it was a guy "Prank Threatening another Guy?" This is the type of disturbing things, we as a society need to be looking out for, as these people are nuts, and dangerous, and need to be investigated and locked up for all of our safety in communities.

swmnguy topcommenter

This story keeps getting worse and worse.  It's like a new version of "Twin Peaks."  Who knows what's true.  In these small-town situations, it's entirely possible that the mid-30's part-time bartender who lives upstairs from the bar hasn't been handling his life very well, and that the cops know all about it and far more.  That every single person involved knows each other.  That all of them have something, or several things, they would prefer remain hidden.  I'm just waiting for the connection to be made to the bundle of cocaine that moved around town, attached to the bottom of the freight pallet.  This is making the Coen brothers look unimaginative and strait-laced.

Peg Mielke Drentlaw
Peg Mielke Drentlaw

Keep digging media.... just draaaaaaaaaaag him through the mud as much as you can. That way you look good, Right?

Nick GarSuperstar
Nick GarSuperstar

It sounds like trumped up charges by a woman scorned and a police department that will go out of its way to save face.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Demonstrating that it's possible to be the victim of police and media overreach and STILL be a douchenozzle who ought to be in jail.


Demonstrating that it's possible to be a victim of police and the media trampling your rights and STILL be a jackass most folks would rather see in prison.

Tony Dean
Tony Dean

Yeah nothing you have ever done is your fault right? If this guy had nothing to do with Ofc. Decker's murder that is terrible to have been blamed but the more that is known of him and his personality its pretty clear he takes no accountability for his actions.

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