After allegedly pointing a gun at another woman and threatening to kill her, police say a 21-year-old man told the officers who came to arrest him that he was crazy and belonged in a “psych ward.”
Michael Sean Rude, who has no known address, was charged with felony second-degree assault and felony terroristic threats on March 29. If convicted on the assault charge, Rude could face a maximum of seven years in prison and $14,000 in fines. Megan Ashley Holmes, 20, an Inver Grove Heights resident who accompanied Rude, faces a single misdemeanor charge of possession of a firearm.
Inver Grove Heights police, dispatched to the 7500 block of Dawn Avenue on March 21, found Rude standing in the middle of the road screaming at two women, according to a criminal complaint issued by the Dakota County Attorney’s office. Holmes and another bystander were standing nearby, police said.
After defusing the argument, officers searched Holmes and found a .357 revolver with one bullet chambered in Holmes’ purse, according to the complaint.
The victim told officers that Holmes and Rude had threatened her several times over the last week, the complaint said. When she saw Holmes and Rude walking along the road, the victim decided to confront the pair about their actions, at which point Rude pulled the revolver out of Holmes’ purse and pointed it at the victim’s face, police said. Rude then threatened to kill her or “cut her up,” according to a police report filed by Inver Grove Heights officers.
Rude, who continued screaming throughout the arrest and allegedly told officers that he was "crazy," was transported to the Dakota County Jail, where he is currently being held on a $50,000 bail. His next court date is scheduled for April 18.
During police questioning, Holmes allegedly told officers that the gun was Rude’s, and that he put it in her purse because “cops don’t pat down females,” the complaint said.
Holmes has a previous felony conviction. Under Minnesota state law, it is illegal for convicted felons to possess a firearm. Holmes’ next court date is scheduled for May 16. She was released from the Dakota County Jail on March 23 on the orders of a judge, according to jail officials.