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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

How the Perpetrator of a 9-Hour Standoff Pays Back the Community

UPDATED: Okay, here’s what I have so far: He was released (not on bail as I incorrectly stated earlier, but because the investigator did not turn in the victim’s statement with the other paperwork!), at 12:46 p.m. on Tuesday, without charge. However, charges are pending, and the investigator may pursue the mental health route. That’s the way that I want this to go, although I must confess that I find it ironic that they have to wait so long. (The cops are pissed, too.)

Gee, I hope that the police canine that bit him doesn’t get rabies.

Anyway, I promised to bake cookies for the cops on Friday, and I am following through. (The first cop I spoke to at our precinct said to me, “Russell! Oh, that guy! What a pain in the butt!”)

If you live in Hennepin County, you can check recent arrests/releases on the Sheriff’s Jail Roster.
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My nutball neighbor is out. (See "Violence in My Life" below.) He just waltzed out of jail at noon today. One of the clerks at our neighborhood grocery, Sentyrz, saw him. She told me that she didn't need to see that guy again. Hoo, yeah, well at least he doesn't hate her guts--she didn't get him kicked out of his rental housing.

One thing for sure--I know what's going to happen if this guy sees me again, now that's he's emboldened by pulling a stunt like that (they had the bomb squad out here! They had a sniper at the ready! They shot one of the pit bulls! The SWAT team staged a take-down from Shaw's Bar on the corner!) and skipping out like he just got sent home from school. I'm sure now he thinks he's invincible.

You know what? Considering how seriously nobody takes him, he's right. He is invincible. This whole incident on Friday night started because he called two little 10-year-old girls "sluts," and their parents called the police. Then he pulled his girlfriend into that house and told the police he had a gun. Who the hell calls a 10-year-old girl a "slut?"

I mean, shit. Shit, shit, shit. One of destiny's merry pranks. That's what I get for not wishing him dead. Whatever. I'm back to watching my own back again. What can I say? I'm a block leader, and I tried.

4 Comments:

Blogger Dan said...

I'll bet his lawyer got him out on a "boys will be boys" defense. You'd think that wouldn't fly for a 43 year old man, but quite a few people have figured out that a penis can be very useful for deflecting any sense of personal responsibility for one's actions.

Jeez, we live in a fucked up society. Stay safe, Kristine.

April 19, 2006 1:48 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Thanks, Dan.

April 19, 2006 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live right next to the yellow brick house. I found your site cause I had heard that he was released on tuesday and wanted to see if it was true. Your link confirmed my fears. OMG WTF!! I really can't believe it.
Just a clarification, the cops where called cause russell was yelling at pretty much anyone in eye-sight that he was going to kill them. On another note, is there a block association? If so, drop me a line, cause I am interested in getting involved: was_gitchi@yahoo.com

Cheers!

April 22, 2006 8:18 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Dear Anonymous:
Rick Maas, our new Crime Prevention Specialist, and Carol Oosterhuis, our former specialist, will be visiting the neighborhood to gather impact statements from Ferguson’s neighbors. Since I do not have dates and times for the CPS visit, I have an e-mail and phone for Mr. Mass:
richard.maas@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
612/673-2797

Please let them know how Mr. Ferguson’s actions have affected you. They will figure in his eventual conviction and probable mental health assessment. (I really want him to get long-term help.)

Officer Val Wurster told me that Russell will definitely be charged with something, probably rearrested, and placed in jail.

The attorneys must review the casework, including neighbors’ statements and the statement from the victim. It is important that the attorneys and the judge have as much information as possible regarding what it is like to live near Russell Fergson. He can also be ordered to stay out of the neighborhood pending his conviction.

I don't live on the same block as you (I live two blocks away) but Carol and Rick would also be great resources for you and others to start a block club. There is also a neighborhood group: Sheridan Neighborhood Organization, which will be meeting this Monday, not regarding Russell, though. We are having our Annual Meeting to elect the new board. I am running. It will be held at East Side Neighborhood Services at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 24, and everyone is invited to attend.

April 22, 2006 8:55 PM  

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