What happened between noon and 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 is a blur for a Forest Lake man, but one thing is certain. The man is out a large amount of money.
The man, 35, was driving his sport utility vehicle on Panola Drive (Chisago CR-86) a quarter mile west of TH-95 in Franconia Township when a medical issue forced him to pull over and park on the shoulder.
According to Chisago County Sheriff’s Office investigator Ryan Edmonds, the man was able to get out of the SUV. Edmonds said the man recalls a male party stopping and initially providing aid before he lost consciousness.
Edmonds said it is likely the victim laid in the ditch unconscious for several hours before he awoke and was able to call 9-1-1 to seek medical aid. It was later discovered that a significant amount of money had been stolen from his vehicle, Edmonds said.
The victim was transported by ambulance to a local medical center for treatment. He has since been released from care.
Edmonds said the sheriff’s office is seeking help from the public to locate the man who stopped at the scene. “The male party who stopped and initially provided aid is considered a person of interest in the investigation at this time,” Edmonds said.
The victim described the male party as a darker-skinned male, possibly of Arabic descent, believed to be in his late 40s, approximately six foot tall, weighing 200 to 230 pounds, Edmonds said. The male had facial hair described as a full-grown beard being and gray in color.
The male was believed to be wearing a flannel shirt and blue jeans. The victim believes the man was driving a late model, early 1990s, light colored, possibly white or silver, Chevrolet Cavalier with loud exhaust, Edmonds said.
Anyone with information pertaining to the subject or the incident is asked to call Edmonds at 651-213-6376.
Police in Forest Lake were also busy during the past week with theft and stolen auto reports.
At 8 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, an officer on patrol in the business park west of I-35 observed two sport-utility vehicles at Wilcox Chevrolet, 321 SW 19th St., on blocks with the tires and rims missing. The theft took place sometime overnight on Saturday, Capt. Greg Weiss said.
Also on Sunday at 8:42 p.m., an officer on patrol ran a license plate check and located a Chrysler that had been reported stolen in Ramsey County.
The vehicle was found in the parking lot at 23877 Forest Blvd. N. A 35-year-old man who lives in the building was taken to jail on probable cause of possession of stolen property.
In what Weiss labels as good news, officers found a young man who did a good deed for a customer at the Holiday Station, 1208 W. Broadway Ave. Police were called to the station at 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 18 where they were asked to help sort out how to deal with a customer who could not pay for her gasoline.
As officers were helping out, a young male, perhaps 18, stepped up and paid the woman’s $15 gas bill. The young man, who was also buying gas, did not want to be identified, Weiss said.
“She had no way to pay for her gas, so this was certainly the act of a Good Samaritan,” Weiss said. Weiss said the woman buying gas was cooperative and made no effort to drive off without paying for her gasoline.