Eagan man threatens several acquaintances with loaded handgun
by Jessica Harper
An Eagan man faces felony charges after he allegedly broke into a home and threatened several people with a loaded handgun.
Nicholas Yoon Lee, 28, was charged in Dakota County District Court Feb. 1 with terroristic threats, three counts of second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree burglary. He was also charged with fifth-degree controlled substance for possessing a large amount of marijuana.
The criminal complaint states the following: On the afternoon of Jan. 30, Lee stormed into an acquaintance’s Eagan home, brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money.
Lee allegedly told the woman she owed him money and that he would kill her. He pulled back the magazine to show her the gun was loaded.
Lee then pointed the gun at two other adults in the home and commented that he didn’t want any witnesses.
The woman convinced Lee to leave the home. Once outside, he threatened he would return and kill her by “shooting up the house” and burning it to the ground.
He also allegedly threatened to shoot the woman’s dog.
After he left, the woman called police. Once police arrived, Lee called the home and officers recorded the conversation. In it, he admitted to being at the home with a gun and continued to threaten her.
Before he hung up, Lee allegedly said: “You want me to come back and kill you (expletive)? There I said it.”
An investigation determined that the cell phone call was made from a business Lee owned on Lake Street in Minneapolis.
Officers found him at the business and arrested him.
As he was being questioned by police, Lee said he intended to text his lawyer, but actually sent a text to someone at his home instructing them to “get all the stuff out of my house.”
With a warrant, police searched Lee’s home and found two pounds of marijuana, a storage bag containing several 9mm bullets, another storage bag containing .380 caliber bullets and an empty case for a Ruger handgun.
Lee is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 27.
Jessica Harper is at firstname.lastname@example.org.