According to this Dakota County criminal complaint Burnsville police officers detained a burglary suspect and searched him after he admitted he was carrying a weapon which the officers did not originally find. However following a more thorough search later they found several items which may definitely have been used as weapons.
From the complaint:
Police made contact with the suspect to question his activity, at which time the suspect reported that he was checking the hours of one of the businesses.
Police asked the suspect to keep his hands out of his pockets and whether he had any weapons on his person. The suspect told police he had a crow bar on his person. As a result, a pat down search was performed, but no crow bar was located. The suspect stated that he was in the area waiting for a friend to pick him up and give him a ride to Prior Lake. The suspect identified himself to police as John NMN Johnson, with a date of birth of 2-27-58, stating that he was from California. Police subsequently determined that a person with this identification did not exist.
The suspect was advised of this, and thereafter admitted to police that he had lied, and correctly identified himself as Ronald Richard Gage, DOB: 2-27-59. It was subsequently determined that Gage had an existing Felony Warrant and he was arrested. While completing a search incident to arrest, the following tools were located on the person of Gage: a window punch; Philips-head screw driver; wise-grip pliers, a small flash light and a small pry-bar.
Is it surprising to you that after openly admitting he was carrying a weapon the size of a crowbar, the Burnsville police officers were unable to locate the potential weapon on his person? Do you think that they should have done more to search the accused before continuing to interview him? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.