According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, a man narrowly avoided hitting a child on a bike and was immediately approached by a man supposedly speaking Russian. Assuming the worst he exited his vehicle and confronted the man with a knife and was later arrested and charged with felony second degree assault and terroristic threats.
From the criminal complaint:
An officer arrived on scene and spoke to the victim, who reported that a 1980 to 1985, blue Chevrolet four door vehicle, had pulled into the parking lot where his five year old son was riding his bike. The victim heard the sound of tires as the driver of the vehicle slammed on his brakes or spun his tires. The victim immediately thought that his son had been hit by the vehicle because he could no longer see him. The victim ran to the aid of his son, attempting to locate him, and said that as he was running he observed that his son was ok. The victim stated that as he was still running, approximately twenty to thirty feet from the suspect vehicle, he observed the driver get out of the vehicle. The victim observed the driver walk to the front of the vehicle and wave a knife at the victim in a threatening manner.
At this time a male later identified as Malik Alan Butler-Martinez, date of birth: 5/10/1988, exited the residence and told the officer he wanted to talk to him. Butler-Martinez stated that he was at the park for approximately thirty seconds and his vehicle was parked. He said he observed a male running in his direction, yelling something in Russian. Butler-Martinez stated he exited his vehicle and pulled out his “pocket knife”, which was later discovered at Butler-Martinez’s residence. The knife is a hunting knife with a four to five inch blade on it. Butler-Martinez stated that he held the knife up in his hand, “showing that [he] had a knife on [him].” Butler-Martinez stated he never took the knife out of its case. Butler-Martinez admitted that he stomped on his brakes in the park to avoid hitting a kid on a bike.
So you are driving through a park and narrowly hit a child on a bike. You stop the car and with your heart in your throat you see, out of the corner of your eye, a man rushing towards you and the child yelling something in a language you cannot understand. What would you do? Do you think it’s right that someone may be charged with two felonies even if, according to the complaint, other witnesses did not hear/understand threats being made when someone rushed towards you? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.