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Becker arrested, charged with drug and assault offenses

Two months after being found not guilty of aiding and abetting in a murder, Nathan David Becker is back in the Crow Wing County Jail. Becker, 28, was arrested Saturday morning by the Brainerd Police Department following a report of a disturbance ...

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Nathan Becker

Two months after being found not guilty of aiding and abetting in a murder, Nathan David Becker is back in the Crow Wing County Jail.

Becker, 28, was arrested Saturday morning by the Brainerd Police Department following a report of a disturbance on the 1000 block of 13th Avenue Northeast. Becker had his first appearance Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court facing felony fifth-degree drug possession and five misdemeanor counts of fifth-degree assault, possession hypodermic needles, obstructing the legal process, fleeing a peace officer and disorderly conduct.

On May 19, a jury found Becker not guilty on all felony charges of aiding and abetting Tyler Allan Cronquist with first-degree murder with premeditation and attempted first-degree murder with premeditation in connection with a double shooting on Jan. 4, 2015, at an apartment on Juniper Street in Brainerd.

Becker was released from Crow Wing County Jail following the not guilty verdict.

According to the complaint filed Tuesday against Becker, police were called at 9:17 a.m. Saturday to a report of an individual causing a disturbance. The officers were advised that Becker was the individual causing the disturbance.

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Upon arrival, an officer observed Becker come out of the garage on the property. The officer told Becker to come to him and show him his hands. When the officer went to take ahold of Becker's arm, Becker flailed his arm, pulled away from the officer and ran to the west between a tree and a car, the complaint stated. Both officers then pursued Becker, yelling both "stop" and "police, stop." Becker was eventually apprehended, but resisted the officers while they were attempting to place him in custody.

During a search of Becker, a hypodermic needle was located. The contents of the needle tested positive for methamphetamine.

An officer spoke with an individual who stated Becker was confrontational with them and had punched them in the face a couple of times.

Becker has prior controlled substance convictions within the past 10 years and is still on probation. Becker was convicted of fourth-degree drug sale on Nov. 5, 2013 and third-degree narcotic sale on Jan. 23, 2009.

Cronquist continues to be held in the Crow Wing County Jail and is awaiting trial for the double shooting where two victims-Joseph Kroll and Chelsey Crawford, both of Brainerd-were shot in the head on Jan. 4, 2015. The two were shot in an apartment on the 800 block of Juniper Street in Brainerd and were airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Kroll died as a result of the gunshot wound. Crawford survived.

A motion hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. Friday for Cronquist in Crow Wing County District Court and his jury trial is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 26.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 218-855-5851. Follow me at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl on Twitter.

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