Felony charges have been filed against five people in separate Eden Prairie incidents occurring in December 2021 and February, according to Eden Prairie Police Department (EPPD) complaints.
Assault of police officer
Leann Dael Exum, 27, of Brooklyn Center, has been charged with one count of felony fourth-degree assault of a peace officer and one count of DWI, a gross misdemeanor.
According to Eden Prairie Police, at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2021, Exum was observed driving east on Highway 212 approaching Valley View Road with no lights on. After being stopped, she was unable to turn the car’s lights on, the complaint said. She told officers she had consumed two shots of alcohol at around 10 p.m. on Dec. 4.
After being administered a field sobriety test, Exum was uncooperative and combative while being arrested, according to the police complaint. She pushed off of a patrol car, kicking an officer, which caused him and another officer to fall to the ground.
While being booked at the EPPD, the complaint said, Exum continued to be uncooperative and combative, at one point attempting to run out of the room.
While being placed in a squad car for transport to the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center, Exum spit in an officer’s face and struck him in the head, according to the complaint.
If convicted of the felony count, Exum faces a maximum prison sentence of three years and/or a $6,000 fine.
Danial Michael Levercom Jr., 27, of Minneapolis, has been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery for a Feb. 14 incident.
The victim and his brother walked into the EPPD at 11 p.m. on Feb. 14 and filed a report claiming that he had been robbed by Levercom, who had come to his Chestnut Drive apartment to purchase an item.
Instead, an unknown companion who accompanied Levercom wielded a baton threatening the victim with bodily harm while Levercom ransacked the apartment, stealing numerous items, including a wallet, laptop, the victim’s car keys and eventually his car, the complaint said.
On Feb. 17, Edina police stopped Levercom driving a vehicle matching the victim’s description. Police found the victim’s wallet, debit cards and laptop in the car, according to the complaint.
Levercom was taken to a medical facility where he was being monitored by law enforcement. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
The State of Minnesota notified Levercom that it intends to seek an aggravated departure from sentencing guidelines because he has at least two previous violent crime convictions.
If convicted, Levercom faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.
Victoria Lynn Prince-Esmond, 38, of St. Bonifacius, has been charged with one count of theft of property over $1,000 but less than $5,000 stemming from a Feb. 17 shoplifting incident at Scheels in the Eden Prairie Center.
According to the Eden Prairie Police complaint, Prince-Esmond left Scheels without paying for several items valued at $1,093. She then fled police running through the parking lot before being apprehended. She was holding a one-inch knife when she was arrested, according to the complaint. A subsequent search of a fanny pack discovered drug paraphernalia, knives, pliers and tweezers.
Prince-Esmond was placed in custody and transported to the Hennepin County Jail, where she was being held on $10,000 bail. She also is named in another warrant in Wright County, the complaint said.
If convicted, Prince-Edmond faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.
Jacob Marvin Siemon, 26, of Eden Prairie, has been charged with one count of felony domestic assault stemming from a Feb. 17 incident.
On Feb. 17, Eden Prairie police were notified of a domestic assault at a Carmody Drive address in Eden Prairie. An adult male came to the EPPD with his brother to report being assaulted by another brother who threw a glass bottle at him and then struck him twice in the face with a closed fist.
Siemon was arrested later that day in Belle Plaine and remains in custody in lieu of $40,000 bail.
The police complaint indicates that Siemon has had four domestic violence convictions in the past 10 years.
If convicted, Siemon faces a maximum prison sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine.
Lawrence Sepan Wilson, 24, of Bloomington, is charged with fleeing police in a motor vehicle, a felony.
At 7:40 p.m. Feb. 18, an Eden Prairie police officer observed a vehicle traveling at high speed eastbound on Interstate 494, approaching Washington Avenue. The officer recorded a radar reading of 100 mph.
The officer activated lights and siren and the vehicle slowed briefly, then accelerated entering Bloomington at speeds reaching over 120 mph, the police complaint said. The vehicle swerved around traffic, changed lanes quickly, and accelerated rapidly in an attempt to evade the officer.
The vehicle eventually exited I-494 on Nicollet Avenue in Bloomington. As the vehicle attempted to proceed north on Nicollet, the officer made contact with the vehicle’s rear driver side, causing the vehicle to stall and stop.
Assisting officers arrested Wilson and noted the odor of burned marijuana coming from the defendant, according to the complaint.
Officers obtained a search warrant to obtain a blood sample and sent it to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Wilson is in custody in lieu of $20,000 bail.
If convicted, Wilson faces a maximum prison sentence of three years and/or a $5,000 fine.
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