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Hammer-wielding Brainerd man flees police, enters Baxter home

BAXTER--A Baxter woman received quite a shock Sunday when a man chased by police ran through her front door. The resident of a home on the 5300 block of Marohn Road was upstairs when she saw a man later identified as Rustie Blaine Ryan, 20, of Br...

Rustie Blaine Ryan
Rustie Blaine Ryan

BAXTER-A Baxter woman received quite a shock Sunday when a man chased by police ran through her front door.

The resident of a home on the 5300 block of Marohn Road was upstairs when she saw a man later identified as Rustie Blaine Ryan, 20, of Brainerd, running toward her house, with police chasing him. The suspect ran directly to the woman's unlocked front door and let himself in, according to the criminal complaint.

The incident began when a Baxter police officer responded to a call concerning a seemingly intoxicated, shirtless man in jean shorts carrying a hammer near Highland Scenic Road and Highway 210. At 7:51 p.m., an officer located a man matching the description walking west near the railroad tracks.

The officer advised the man to drop the hammer he carried three times, the complaint stated, before Ryan complied. Ryan also threw what appeared to be a screwdriver on the ground, which was later learned to be a knife. The officer apparently told Ryan he would search him for additional weapons and asked him to identify himself. Ryan offered an incorrect birthdate and name, according to the complaint.

Ryan allegedly failed to stop per the officer's commands as he continued to cross the railroad tracks, and because he'd pushed the officer as he walked away, the officer deployed a Taser. The Taser did not appear to hit Ryan, however, and he began to run. Two officers chased Ryan through the woods and toward the woman's residence.

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When Ryan went inside the home, the woman later told police he locked the door behind him. The officer was prepared to force himself through the door when the woman unlocked it for him, allowing the officer to apprehend Ryan. Ryan continued to resist arrest, according to the complaint, by stiffening his arms and attempting to stand up. After multiple commands toward Ryan to stop resisting, officers were able to secure his hands behind his back.

The woman told police she was scared because she did not know why Ryan was running from police, and especially was frightened once she realized she was between the suspect and a locked door. Another person in the home who was downstairs froze, and didn't know what to do, the woman told police. She said she didn't know whether Ryan was going to kill or rob them.

Ryan appeared Wednesday in Crow Wing County District Court, where he was charged with felony first-degree burglary for assault, gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor fleeing police.

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Highlights area shows Marohn Road in Baxter. A resident of a home on the 5300 block of Marohn Road was upstairs when she saw a man later identified as Rustie Blaine Ryan, 20, of Brainerd, running toward her house, with police chasing him. BrainerdDispatch.com / Google Maps

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