Charges: Minneapolis roof standoff suspect had meth, a gun and someone's Calif. license

Charges came down against an Anoka man who scaled the roof of a random north Minneapolis home and engaged in a 3-hour standoff with police on Wednesday night, and he had a lot of illegal items with him.

Richard Dean Podvin, 37, has been charged with burglary, unlawful gun possession, drug possession and fleeing an officer, and this is what unfolded before a Minneapolis family was frightened by their surprise house guest.

At about 5:20 p.m., Hennepin County sheriff's officials and U.S. Marshals were looking for Podvin for multiple bench warrants. He is on felony probation and has a history of fleeing on foot, in a vehicle and fighting with officers in past arrests, in one incident donning a bullet proof vest.

Police found his car along Humboldt Avenue North, and he fled through an alleyway, down the street and crashed head-on into an unmarked squad car, injuring at least 1 deputy. Podvin fled on foot and ran through the back door of a home on Fremont Avenue North and 40th Avenue north and up the stairs, where he encountered Jasmine Artis and three kids.

"'Mommy, there's somebody in the house,'" Artis recounted. "I'm like, ‘I know, go in the closet,'"

Artis grabbed one child and two of them hid in the closet until police arrived. The family was evacuated safely by police.

Podvin climbed through a window and made his way to the roof, where he remained over three hours, sometimes leaning against the chimney, sometimes walking and eventually, he came down a ladder after his girlfriend said he was allowed to see his child. He was arrested at about 9:03 p.m. and had the following items with him:

1. A handcuff key

2. One live .380 round

3. Five pills, later identified as Alprazolam

4. One clear baggie of a white powdery substance, which later field tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed .20 grams

5. Approximately $176 in cash, one cell phone, two Minnesota driver's licenses and a California driver's license that did not belong to him.

A previous third-degree assault conviction makes him ineligible to have firearms.

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