The Free Press, Mankato, MN

October 8, 2012

Update: Avoiding cab fare results in charges for N. Mankato woman

By Dan Nienaber
Free Press Staff Writer

MANKATO — A woman who allegedly used the threat of a gun and a false kidnapping report to bail on a cab fare was arrested at her North Mankato home Sunday night.

“Alcohol was a factor,” Cmdr. Craig Frericks of the Mankato Department of Public Safety said Monday. “I think she was acting belligerently the whole time.”

Virginia Denise Homesly, 22, called a cab Sunday to take her to Walmart. At some point during the ride, she took the driver’s cellphone and made a call saying she had been kidnapped, although Frericks said officers aren’t sure if she actually called anyone.

She then allegedly told the driver she had a gun and made him stop the cab on Highway 14 near the North Victory Drive intersection. At that point she got out of the cab, walked down the highway’s off ramp and flagged down passing traffic. The cab driver reported she left in a vehicle that stopped.

“She did make a comment to the people who picked her up that she didn’t have any money,” Frericks said.

It wasn’t difficult for Mankato police to find Homesly because the cab driver had picked her up at her residence in North Mankato. That’s also where she was dropped off by the person driving the vehicle that picked her up, Frericks said.

She was arrested at her residence at about 10 p.m. Sunday. Police are requesting a felony charge of making terroristic threats for the alleged gun threat. Homesly remained in jail Monday awaiting formal charges which will likely be filed today.