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Dramatic Dash Cam Video: Elk River Home Invasion Suspects Lead Officers on Wrong-Way Chase

Updated: 02/20/2014 7:58 AM
Created: 02/19/2014 4:31 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

Two men have been charged in a home invasion that occurred in Elk River Thursday, Feb. 13.

Dramatic dash cam video from the Rogers Police Department was released to KSTP.com Wednesday. It shows the men leading officers on a high-speed chase following the home invasion. At one point, the suspects and officers drive down Interstate 94 in the wrong direction.

According to the criminal complaint, 40-year-old Aaron Ray Martin was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of first-degree attempted aggravated robbery, one count of kidnapping, and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Thirty-one-year old Ryan Woehler was charged with one count of first-degree burglary, one count of first-degree assault, one count of aggravated robbery, one count of kidnapping and one count of second-degree assault.

Elk River officers responded to the report of a home invasion on the 18500 block of Quincy Court around 9:05 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Sherburne County, when officers arrived at the home they found a metal pipe lying on the floor outside the main entrance of the home. They also noticed blood splatter on the walls and floor in the main entry area and downstairs.

Officers found a 27-year-old woman with zip tie handcuffs on her wrists. She told officers that around 9 a.m. she heard her husband screaming from downstairs to call police. She couldn't call 911 because her phone was downstairs.

According to the complaint, a man, wearing a black ski mask, went into her bedroom holding a pipe in one hand and plastic zip tie handcuffs in the other. He repeatedly asked "where the money was." The man tried to zip tie her hands, but didn't secure them. He threw a black camera bag downstairs to the lower level. The man then ran downstairs and outside.

She told officers she was terrified and believed the man would use the pipe on her.

The woman thought her husband was taken by the two men. She later learned that he had escaped the home. The woman said her four oldest kids left on a bus at 8:55 a.m., but her 2-year-old son was at home during the invasion.

The woman's husband told officers he was hit in the head by both men with a metal object. According to the criminal complaint, he identified one of the men, Martin, by the name of "Creeper." According to the complaint, Martin is known to law enforcement as "The Creeper."

Sherburne County Attorney Kathleen Heaney would not comment to KSTP.com on how the victim was able to identify the suspect or if the two knew each other.

The man had several gashes on his head and was given medical treatment at the scene. He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital. The man suffered a skull fracture and a concussion, as well as other injuries.

The man had video surveillance at his home that showed the suspects' arrival in a red Cadillac. Shortly after, the video shows the man running from the home. Both suspects left the home and got into the Cadillac.

The Cadillac was then involved in a high-speed chase reaching speeds of more than 100 mph. At one point, Martin was driving during the high speed chase in the wrong direction on Interstate 94, according to authorities.

The chase ended on County Road 81 when Martin crashed at Brooklyn Lane in Rogers. The two suspects, later identified as Martin and Woehler, were taken into custody.

Martin, was previously arrested and charged in Anoka County for stealing from a wedding last fall in Ham Lake.

At this point, a motive for the home invasion is unclear.

Aaron Martin
Courtesy of the Sherburne Co. Sheriff's Office
Ryan Woehler
Courtesy of the Sherburne Co. Sheriff's Office

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