Man faces criminal charges involving drugs and aggravated robbery
A 22-year-old St. Cloud man faces criminal charges for aggravated robbery and drug possession after being accused of assaulting a victim and holding him captive for two hours.
Deionte Jaewon Parker, who remained in custody Wednesday, April 15, in the Crow Wing County Jail, was charged with a total of three felonies March 24 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd stemming from two separate incidents.
In the first case, he was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and third-degree assault to cause bodily harm. In the second case he was charged with possessing a dangerous weapon as a felon and two counts of fifth-degree possession on a controlled substance.
Parker, who was convicted in 2017 on three felony counts of drug and dangerous weapon possession, is being represented by Brainerd Public Defender Charles Frey.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Parker in the first case, Brainerd police were called Feb. 29 to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s emergency department for a report of a stolen vehicle. Police learned the owner of the vehicle was being seen by a physician for injuries suffered during an assault.
Police spoke with the vehicle owner who stated he was a former drug user and he had recently relapsed. The man went to a Brainerd residence with the intention of trading some methamphetamine and $10 for some marijuana. The man went inside the residence and
two males, whom he did not know, assaulted him and would not let him leave, the complaint stated. The man said he was in and out of consciousness and coughing up blood. The two males demanded property and drugs from him.
The man’s injuries included multiple fractures to his face including his nose, jaw and cheekbone. He was referred to another hospital for surgery. The man described the suspects to police and stated he was aware one of the males was fairly recently released from prison. That man was later identified as Parker.
The victim told police at one point during the assault, one male left to go to his car to look for property while Parker stood guard over him. Parker allegedly had a baseball bat in a threatening manner as he stood over the victim, swinging the bat around the victim’s head. The male who went to his vehicle returned and brought in a large quantity of his clothing and property. Parker then put something like a noose around the victim's neck and held the noose as the two males continued to assault him, punching him in his head repeatedly. The victim stated they held him captive against his will for two hours, the complaint stated.
Police contacted the owner of the residence who stated the victim was at her residence, but denied the assault.
In the second case, Brainerd police were called March 21 to conduct a welfare check at an apartment on Walnut Street, as an anonymous complainant reported hearing children screaming. As officers pulled into the parking lot, an occupied gray Nissan Sentra was running and parked in the parking space reserved for the apartment unit in question.
Police made contact with a woman in the apartment and learned Parker, who was in the Nissan, allegedly was in the apartment and got the children wound up, the complaint stated. An officer also had walked over by the Nissan and the window was partially rolled down and the officer could smell an odor of marijuana.
Officers learned Parker went to the Holiday Stationstore on South Sixth Street in Brainerd, and he was taken into custody. Officers conducted a search of Parker’s body and found ecstasy and amphetamines
Officers also searched the vehicle and found several bags and boxes all appearing to be owned by Parker. In addition to clothing items, officers also located a plastic baggie with 2.64 grams of methamphetamine and three live rounds of 9 mm full metal jacket ammunition in the bags.
At the jail, Parker was read his Miranda warning, but waived his right to consult with an attorney. Parker admitted to possessing and knowing of the three 9 mm handgun rounds in the bag and that he owned bag, the complaint stated.
According to court documents, Parker’s last court hearing scheduled April 1 was canceled and has not been reset.