Traffic stops lead to drug, burglary arrests

Rachel Kytonen

Isanti County deputies made two motor vehicle traffic stops on Dec. 6 and 7, that led to several warrant arrests, along with drug arrests and recovery of stolen property. A total of six individuals were charged in connection with the incidents.

Dustin David Underwood, 31, Princeton, Jeriod David Knerr, 34, Minneapolis, Melissa Lynn Brede, 24, Grandy and Laura Marie Erwin, 30, Oak Grove, were charged Thursday, Dec. 8 in Isanti County District Court before Judge John McBride.

A few of the items recovered from the traffic stops include a bow package, tools, silver knives and collector spoons, computer, and an older camera. Investigators Rob Bowker and Wayne Seiberlich estimated the stolen goods were worth $5,000. Photos by Greg Hunt

Underwood was charged with felony 1st degree drug possession-25 grams or more. Knerr was charged with felony 3rd degree drug possession-3 grams or more; and misdemeanors fleeing a peace officer; and giving a peace officer a false name.

Brede was charged with felony 1st degree drug possession-25 grams or more; and Erwin was charged with felony 3rd degree drug possession-3 grams or more.

Andrea Arlene Erickson, 22, Grandy and Noah Fuhol Rawson, 38, Harris were charged Friday, Dec. 9 in Isanti County District Court before Judge James Dehn.

Erickson was charged with felony 1st degree drug possession-25 grams or more and felony receiving stolen property. Rawson was charged with felony receiving stolen property.

“This was a case of good team work. There was good work by our deputies who were diligent. A lot of hard work led to the bust,” said Isanti County Investigator Wayne Seiberlich, who said at least six months of investigation was put into this case. “Four burglaries were solved, and a lot of drugs were recovered.”

“Numerous other agencies have interest in the suspects that were arrested for other crimes related to these activities,” added Investigator Rob Bowker.

Seiberlich said one of the individuals who assaulted a law enforcement member in the past did have an item in his possession which could have been used as a weapon. A foot chase ensued with that individual during the arrest.

Inv. Seiberlich requested if anyone knows more information about the assailants, that information can be passed anonymously through the tip line: 763-691-2426.

According to the criminal complaints: Dec. 6 traffic stop

Underwood was stopped at Co. Rd. 6 NE and Rochester Trail NE in Cambridge Township by Isanti County Deputy Jonathan VanderVegt on Dec. 6 at 11:58 p.m. after the vehicle began to travel on the wrong side of the road, began driving off the roadway and almost struck a tree.

Deputy VanderVegt knew Underwood had an active gross misdemeanor warrant out of Anoka County, and he was placed under arrest. Brede and Erickson were passengers in the vehicle.

When Deputy VanderVegt ran the license plates on the vehicle, the plates came back not on file. Underwood also was not able to provide proof of insurance on the vehicle. The deputy also noted four tires with fancy rims in the back of the vehicle which matched the description of recently reported stolen tires.

A smoker grill and antique Mercury outboard motor are two items that investigators are trying to identify the owner(s) so the items can be returned.

Deputy VanderVegt called for a tow, and also a K-9 officer from Anoka County. As he began a search of the vehicle he found a methamphetamine pipe, many bindle bags, and a substance that appeared to be marijuana. The center console contained a bag that contained five bags with meth inside them. The total weight was slightly over 30 grams. Also located inside the center console was a scale disguised as a cell phone, with a white powder on it. The deputy also found two meth pipes wrapped in handkerchiefs.

After being transported to Isanti County Jail, a marijuana pipe and a small bag of marijuana were found in Brede’s clothing.

When interviewed by Inv. Seiberlich, Erickson acknowledged the tires and rims in the vehicle were stolen, and were once stored at her residence in Grandy. She said she also had more stolen items at her residence.

Inv. Seiberlich and other officers went to Erickson’s residence and with her present and her consent, they searched the residence.

Numerous items were located and were confirmed as being stolen from a recent burglary in Elk River. The items included, but were not limited to: Acer computer monitor, Yamaha receiver, HP Compaq laptop computer, compute tower with a keyboard, full tub of DVDs, CDs and computer discs, Craftsman drill, approximately four Craftsman tool kits, box containing numerous tools, sockets, screwdrivers, silver spoons, miscellaneous jewelry, Cannon camera, silver bolts and serving platter, garbage can full of tools and numerous brass copper fittings, Mercury outboard motor and portable fish house.

The value of the stolen property well exceeded $5,000.


Dec. 7 traffic stops

A vehicle driven by Erwin was stopped Dec. 7 at 1:29 a.m. at Co. Rd. 6 NE and Co. Rd. 31 NE by Deputy Brandon Oliver, with Knerr in the passenger seat. Knerr had given the deputy a false name and date of birth.

As Deputy Oliver began to return to his squad car to radio for assistance, Knerr fled on foot. After being tased twice, Knerr gave up and admitted who he was.

Knerr had three active felony warrants out for his arrest and was wanted by the Department of Corrections Fugitive Task Force.

A K-9 officer was called and searched the vehicle. The canine hit on the hood, and inside the hood was a blue glass case and meth pipe that had white residue on it. The pipe and substance tested positive for meth. The small baggie containing meth weighed 4.5 grams.

Rawson was also stopped during the early morning hours of Dec. 7 by Deputy John McCarty. In Rawson’s possession were a very expensive Nikon spotting scope and tripod. At the time, Deputy McCarty wasn’t aware the items were reported stolen and released Rawson.

On Dec. 8, Rawson was located by the Chisago County Sheriff’s Department, placed under arrested, and transported to the Isanti County Jail.

During an interview with investigators, Rawson admitted the he obtained the spotting scope and tripod from a residence in Grandy and knew the items were stolen. After he consented to a search of his vehicle, officers also found a K-Bar knife and another black handled knife. The total value of all the stolen items exceeds $1,200.