Police: brass knuckles, knife, meth found on suspect

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By Mike Longaecker
mlong@rivertowns.net

An incident that began with $15 in allegedly stolen Wal-Mart merchandise led to multiple charges last week against a Minnesota man arrested in New Richmond.

Things only got worse for 19-year-old Leon D. Kirk after being arrested, according to a criminal complaint that states he was found in possession of drugs, a concealed knife and brass knuckles — in addition to a pack of T-shirts and bandannas that security guards said Kirk stole from the store.

The Stillwater man was charged Thursday, Jan. 28, with one count of methamphetamine possession — a felony, along with two misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, for the knife and brass knuckles allegations.

He is also charged with misdemeanor THC possession, retail theft, drug paraphernalia and controlled substance possession.

St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman ordered Kirk to post a $750 cash bond at a preliminary hearing.

According to the criminal complaint:
Police were called at 11:23 a.m. to the New Richmond Wal-Mart for the report that suspected shoplifters were taken into custody by store staff.

Police arrived to find Kirk and a second person, Alisa Price, being held by store security. The guards said Kirk was seen leaving the store with concealed merchandise.

When confronted in the store’s parking lot, Kirk turned confrontational with staff and dropped the merchandise, valued at a combined $14.96.

Police conducted a pat-down of Kirk after he and Price, of River Falls, were taken to the store’s loss-prevention office.

Kirk told police he had brass knuckles in one pocket, but claimed he didn’t know what the other pocket contained. He also mentioned that he was carrying a knife.

Police removed a suspected marijuana grinder from the pocket containing the brass knuckles.

A sheathed knife containing a five-inch blade was removed from Kirk’s shoe.

Officers also discovered a warrant had been issued for his arrest by Washington County, Minn., while a warrant was out for Price from Dakota County, Minn.

Price was also found in possession of a suspected meth pipe that field-tested positive for the drug. The 35-year-old was later charged with one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers were later informed by St. Croix County jail staff that Kirk was found in possession of four different kinds of pills during the booking process. The jail nurse identified the 18 assorted pills as a blend of Lorazepam, Clonazepam, Quetiapine and Baclofen.

A preliminary hearing for Kirk is set for Feb. 26.