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April 20, 2013

Alleged threat leads to drug, burglary charges

LAKE CRYSTAL — A Lake Crystal woman who allegedly confronted her neighbor for threatening to “snitch” has been charged with burglary, making terroristic threats and selling synthetic marijuana.

An officer on patrol duty in Lake Crystal reported he received a text message on his squad car cellphone from a woman who said she was locked in her bedroom. The officer reported the victim “was shaking, seemed very upset and scared” when he arrived at her apartment.

She told the officer 22-year-old Alysse Miranda Fitzpatrick and several other people had been at her residence threatening her before she locked herself in her room. She said Fitzpatrick had entered her apartment and threatened to assault her.

The officer then walked to Fitzpatrick’s apartment and talked to her. She allegedly admitted to threatening the victim, then resisted arrest when the officer decided to take her into custody. Fitzpatrick was eventually brought to a squad car after a Blue Earth County sheriff’s deputy arrived to help, according to the criminal complaint filed last week.

The officer also talked to a teen boy, who is not identified in the complaint, at Fitzpatrick’s apartment. The boy’s mother arrived at the same time and gave the officer permission to question her son about what happened.

He told the officer he had been with Fitzpatrick when she was at the victim’s apartment. He also said he sold synthetic marijuana for Fitzpatrick and collected money for her four to five times per week, the complaint said. The product that was sold was in packages labeled “Shaman,” the boy said.

A man living in Fitzpatrick’s apartment, who also wasn’t identified, gave the officer permission to search the apartment. The officer reported finding a large bag containing several smaller bags of what he suspected was synthetic marijuana. Prescription amphetamines, a small amount of marijuana and pieces of paper that the officer and deputy suspected were recordings of drug sales and amounts owed also were found, the complaint said.

One of the suspected drug ledgers had the word “ounce” or the letters “gr,” possibly for gram, next to numbers with dollar signs.

Fitzpatrick’s bail was set at $30,000 when she appeared in court for felony of charges of first-degree burglary, selling synthetic marijuana, possessing synthetic marijuana and making terroristic threats.


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