Man Who Jumped into Mississippi River Charged with Disorderly Conduct

Updated: 05/13/2014 9:28 AM
Created: 05/12/2014 5:34 PM
By: Cassie Hart

The Coon Rapids man who jumped off a bridge last week, causing a huge response in Brooklyn Park, has been charged for the incident.

Nineteen-year-old Joseph Mark Sanislo jumped off the 610 West River Bridge into the Mississippi River on Wednesday as a friend recorded it, and the video surfaced on social media.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office announced Monday he has been charged with one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Concerned witnesses called 911 after seeing him jump from the bridge. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, Brooklyn Park Police, Brooklyn Park Fire, Fridley Fire, Coon Rapids Fire, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Minnesota State Patrol responded.

Sanislo told investigators he was participating in the “Cold Water Challenge,” in which people jump into cold water and record the stunt for social media. 

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office strongly discourages anyone from taking part in an activity which poses serious risks. A significant number of specialized resources were deployed including boats, a helicopter, and scuba divers.

“First responders routinely put their lives on the line to rescue people from cold water and other hazardous locations,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, “We don’t want first responders to be put into harm’s way needlessly. These situations are entirely preventable.” 

Sanislo was apparently wearing a life jacket at the time and swam to shore quickly. The friend who recorded the jump will not be charged.

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