Police: Bizarre crime spree ends in arrest

Marc P. Radel
Marc P. Radel

A St. Paul man is facing multiple felony charges after a series of bizarre and frightening incidents in Apple Valley last week.

Police say Marc P. Radel, 38, was in possession of a glass pipe and a plastic bag with methamphetamine when he was arrested Tuesday, June 25, following a foot chase with officers prompted by several separate reports from residents that Radel had accosted them.

Radel has been charged with three counts of attempted robbery and one count of drug possession, all felonies, as well as fleeing police on foot, a misdemeanor.

The criminal complaint gives the following account:

Apple Valley police were called to a residence on Garnet Way at about 11:30 a.m. June 25 on a report of a suspicious male entering a garage. There, the resident told officers she had been outside watching her children play when a male ran toward her residence and entered the garage. Inside the garage, he told her he wanted a glass of water; when she told him to get out, he ran north.

Shortly thereafter, officers received a report from a woman who had been driving east on 152nd Street that a man had run into the street and tried to pry open her rear passenger door. With her 4- and 7-year-old children in the car, the woman hit the gas to get away.

Next, Apple Valley officers fielded a report from another woman who stated she had been sitting in her car with the door open outside a pharmacy when a man – matching the description of the earlier suspect – ran up to her, said he needed her car, put a hand on her shoulder and tried to push her away from the car. The woman, shaking as she gave her statement to officers, reported that the suspect ran off after she activated her car alarm.

Apple Valley officers then responded to a report from a landscaping crew at 153rd Street and Cedar Avenue. One of the crew members told police he’d been working inside the back of a truck when he was pushed from behind and, when he turned around, saw a man – also matching Radel’s description – with a hand raised as if he was going to hit him. The worker yelled for his co-workers, at which point the suspect took off running.

Officers spotted Radel near an auto dealership, where he was observed “ducking between cars in what appeared to be an attempt to avoid being seen,” the complaint said.

A foot pursuit followed, with one officer pointing his firearm at Radel and ordering him to stop, but Radel kept running north. That officer eventually caught up with Radel in some tall grass near the auto dealership’s south lot and placed him under arrest.

Arresting officers noted that Radel was “acting erratically” and sweating profusely, the complaint said. He initially resisted officers’ attempts to handcuff him, and gave a false name and date of birth. Police say Radel was in possession of a glass pipe that appeared to be used for smoking meth, a small bag with a white substance that later tested positive for meth, and a yellow jacket that he apparently had taken from the landscaping crew.

Radel was booked into the Dakota County jail, where he remained as of Tuesday afternoon with bail set at $40,000.

If convicted of all four felony charges, he faces a maximum of 35 years in prison and fines totaling $70,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 8 in district court in Hastings.