An Oakdale man suspected of abducting a woman last month has been charged with six other felony offenses.
Brian James Mehlhorn, 29, was charged in Washington County Distrct Court. His charges include second degree assault, third degree assault, first degree burglary, theft, financial transaction card fraud and aiding and abetting financial transaction card fraud.
In addition to Washington County's formal charges, Mehlhorn is being investigated as a suspect in a Shoreview woman's abduction from last month. Ramsey County is handling the investigation.
According to the complaint for the second degree and third degree assault charges:
On Sept. 6 Mehlhorn and another man were driving near the intersection of Seventh Street and Greenway Avenue in Oakdale with a female passenger in the back seat. The two men began to argue and pulled the vehicle over.
The complaint states that Mehlhorn pulled out a knife adn stabbed the other man in the stomach and fled the scene. The wounded man drove the vehicle to Region's Hospital where he collapsed in front of the hospital. The man required surgery.
Police later found a black handled folding knife at the scene.
If found guilty of the assaults, Mehlhorn could face up to 10 years in prison and pay up to $20,000 in fines for the second degree assault and spend up to five years in prison and pay up to $10,000 in fines for the third degree assault charge.
According to the complaint regarding the first degree burglary and theft charges:
On March 24 police were dispatched to 25th Street North in Oakdale. The complainant said that someone had entered his home and stole two laptop computers, an Apple iPhone 4S, his wallet and a set of car keys for his 2012 Chevy Equinox. The perpetrator then stole the Equinox. The complainant and his family were at home and asleep during the burglary.
During the burglary investigation, officers were able to idenfity suspects through numerous surveillance videos from several locations where the victim's credit cards were used.
Police arrested one of the burlgary suspects on April 4. During the interview the suspect admitted to several residential burglaries with Mehlhorn, including the burglary on 25th Street.
Officers were able to confirm Mehlhorn's involvement through surveillance footage and photos of Mehlhorn as well as confirmation from people who knew Mehlhorn.
If Mehlhorn is found guilty of first degree burglary he could face up to 20 years in prison and pay up to $35,000 in fines and for theft charge he could spend up to five years in prison and pay up to $10,000 in fines.
According to the complaint regarding financial transaction card fraud and aiding and abetting financial transaction card fraud charges:
The Forest Lake Police Department received a report of a stolen credit card. The victim said his wallet was stolen from his parked vehicle on June 23. The victim said that someone tried using his card on June 24 for a total of three transactions: an attempted purchase of $523 from Wal-Mart in Forest Lake, a successful purchase of $60 from Kwick Trip in Hugo and a successful purchase of $25 at a grocery store in North Branch.
Police used surveillance footage to identify Mehlhorn using the credit card.
Police also received a report on July 7 that a woman's vehicle had been stolen along with her credit cards. After it was stolen, her credit card was used at Wal-Mart to purchase more than $200 worth of merchandise. Another man and Mehlhorn were seen in surveillance footage making purchases at Wal-Mart with the woman's credit card.
If found guilty, Mehlhorn could face up to five years in prison and pay up to $10,000 in fines for each charge.
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