A Rosemount man is facing felony charges after police say he kept a woman from leaving his home and threatened her with a loaded shotgun.
Jamie Lee Krier, 35, is charged with four felonies in the Nov. 25 incident: second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine; making terroristic threats, for which the maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine; and two counts of false imprisonment, each of which has a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Krier is also charged with interfering with a 911 call, a gross misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.
The second-degree assault charge has a mandatory minimum penalty of three years in prison and a $4,200 fine.
Police were called to Krier’s Rosemount home at about 4 p.m. Nov. 25 when a man reported that he had received a text message from the woman, asking him to send police to the house, according to the criminal complaint.
When police arrived, they found both Krier’s and the victim’s cars in the driveway. When they knocked, nobody answered, but they saw and heard dogs barking and running toward the stairwell leading toward the basement.
Officers continued to knock, and eventually Krier and the victim came up from the basement. They walked to a sliding glass door in the back of the house, where another officer was standing.
Krier put the victim in front of him and told police that everything was fine. At the same time, the victim mouthed “Help me” to officers, according to the complaint.
An officer pushed the victim away and grabbed Krier, who tried several times to avoid being handcuffed but eventually was taken into custody, the complaint charges.
The victim, who was crying, told police that she had arrived at Krier's home 10:30 a.m. because she was concerned about him, and she hoped to calm him down.
By 2 p.m., the victim said, she though the conversation was going nowhere, and she decided to leave. At that point, Krier blocked her exit and snatched her cell phone, disassembled it and took away her car keys, she told police.
When the victim tried to open the front door and leave, Krier grabbed her, but she was able to yell “Help” twice before he pulled her back inside, according to the complaint.
Krier continued blocking the victim’s escape, and took her to the basement, the victim told police. While the two were in the basement bedroom, Krier picked up a shotgun, loaded it with two rounds and then unloaded it repeatedly, according to the complaint.
The victim told police that she feared for her life and she believed that she wouldn’t be able to leave the home alive.
Officers found the shotgun and a bandolier of shotgun shells.
Krier has been released from custody on a $60,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Dec. 17 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.