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Rochester 16-year-old in custody for threatening neighbor with knife

June 8, 2018 GMT

A 16-year-old from Rochester is in custody after reportedly threatening his 56-year-old neighbor with a knife.

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. Thursday in the 2900 Block of Charles Court NW. The neighbor reportedly arrived home from work and the teenager started harassing him, Interim Rochester Police Chief John Sherwin said. The teen was apparently on a scooter when he approached the neighbor and pulled a knife.

According to Sherwin, the teen then followed his neighbor to the door and started taunting him, reportedly saying, “I’m underaged. You can’t do anything.” The teen then continued, “I’m not going to get in trouble. If you do anything, you’ll get in trouble.”


Sherwin then said that the neighbor, thinking the teen was going to stab him, closed the door. The teen continued harassing the victim, prompting him to call police. When police arrived on the scene, the teen reportedly dropped his knife.

The teenager was placed in custody and could face charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, Sherwin said. The teen is being held at the Olmsted County Juvenile Detention Center.

The teenager reportedly has a history with the neighbor’s children, which may have led to the incident.