St. Anthony police rescind alert after jogger realizes "assault" was just joke gone wrong

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St. Anthony police rescinded a crime alert they distributed Tuesday evening after a jogger reported she'd been assaulted near the intersection of Larpenteur and Snelling avenues in Falcon Heights.

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The reason? Turns out a former co-worker was just joking around and grabbed the woman to get her attention.

The incident "was labeled an assault for lack of anything else given the information initially given," St. Anthony PD Captain Dominic Cotroneo told us. "He just grabbed her from behind and didn't do anything else while trying to scare her."

The woman didn't recognize the man and ran home before reporting the incident to police, which prompted the crime alert to be sent around. But the "victim" later heard from another former co-worker who unwittingly cleared up the confusion.

"The co-worker told her that the [alleged suspect] had gone into their former workplace and told her, 'I saw so-and-so,' explained what happened and said, 'She got scared and I got scared too,'" Cotroneo told us.

The jogger, realizing what really happened, contacted police and told them to cancel the crime alert.

Asked whether the man could still face charges for scaring the woman so badly she felt compelled to contact authorities, Cotroneo said he wouldn't.

"There will be no charges since the reporting party is comfortable with the explanation provided," he said.

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Erin Burckhard
Erin Burckhard

Yes, I know it's not a fad. I have seen it like a hundred times on my friends facebook walls this last week. I get that it was to promote the movie. It doesn't make it any less senseless, immature, and stupid. Before this, it was the snowman at Christmas. It's the same concept, intentionally scaring someone for your amusement. And, If that's what you have to do to promote a movie, it probably sucks. Oh, and nevermind if any children happened to be exposed to that thing and emotionally jolted by it. I'm just saying, there are negative consequences to doing these things that I feel is more important than people getting a laugh.

Kayla Fuller
Kayla Fuller

That "stupid demonic baby" wasn't a fad it was a marketing ploy for a movie featuring, you guessed it, a demonic baby.

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

frankly, joggers are lucky they aren't assaulted every time they dash up behind somebody walking alone at night.

Pamela Davis
Pamela Davis

Pranking is just another version of bullying, I think.

Erin Burckhard
Erin Burckhard

just another incidient of joking gone wrong... He's lucky she didn't assault him, spray him with pepper spray, hell, pull out a gun. You just never know how people will react to being startled. Why put them or yourself at risk? People have been killed or seriously injured due to stupid jokes. Intentional pranking or scaring someone is seriously one of my biggest pet peeves... I've actually hit someone who was hiding behind a door waiting to scare me. The latest craze? That stupid demonic baby in a crib scaring people in NY. Nevermind if someone has a fucking heartattck, never mind if someone runs scared into the street and gets hit by a car... yeah, it's sooo funny...

swmnguy topcommenter

What a not-funny joke.  But not a crime.


WHY would you grab anyone who is jogging? Whatever happened to respecting personal space? I don't even care for cars honking at me when I'm jogging.

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