MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (FOX 9) - A 42-year-old Cambridge, Minnesota man is charged after making a bomb threat near the Maplewood Mall with an apparent explosive device shaped like pig, according to the criminal complaint.
Dennis Duane Vann is charged with threats of violence and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint, Wednesday, officers went to the Cub Foods along White Bear Avenue in Maplewood to respond to a report of a trespassing RV. They learned the RV's owner, Vann, had a revoked driver's license and an outstanding warrant out of Kanabec County. The officers knocked on the RV's door, but no one answered.
Officers later saw the RV leave the parking lot. After noticing it had a taillight out, police attempted to stop the RV at White Bear and Gervais, but the RV drove off.
Police then found the RV in a parking lot by the Maplewood Mall in the 3000 block of White Bear Avenue. Officers talked to Vann, who appear "agitated and frustrated" and refused to leave his RV. He told police he "didn't need a driver's license and is not required to follow the traffic laws as he is a free citizen."
Officers told Vann if he didn't cooperate and leave the RV, they would remove him from it. Vann responded saying that would be a huge mistake "because two people would die today - that's f------- why."
Police backed up, created a perimeter and called in Ramsey County SWAT. When authorities asked Vann if he had any weapons, he said he had a "great big boom" and indicated he had an explosive in the glove compartment.
As the St. Paul bomb squad responded, police evacuated nearby businesses.
After hours of negotiations, officers deployed chemical irritants at the RV to make Vann come out. They arrested him and took him to the hospital, where he is in custody.
Authorities searched the RV and found a pig-shaped device containing an energetic powder with the words "f--- the police" written on it. There will be further testing to determine if the pig would qualify as an explosive device under Minnesota statute.