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Burnsville man charged with threatening Somali man, causing over $5K in damage to vehicles

Jason Roman Gerardy Photo: Hennepin County Jail
Jason Roman Gerardy

Updated: December 03, 2019 02:42 PM

A Burnsville man has been charged with threatening a Somali man and damaging property.

Jason Roman Gerardy, 39, is charged with making threats of violence and first-degree damage to property.

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A criminal complaint states Bloomington police were called to an apartment building in the area of 9100 Old Cedar Avenue at about 10:18 p.m. on Nov. 23. Witnesses told dispatchers that a man was smashing the windows of multiple vehicles in a parking lot.

When officers arrived, a man matching the descripton of the suspect was seen walking on Old Cedar Avenue. The complaint states he was bleeding profusely from his right hand and was yelling profanities at officers. He was identified as Gerardy.

The complaint states Gerardy told officers he damaged three cars; two of them belong to his father, who he'd argued with earlier in the evening, and the other belonged to a Somali man. When asked why he damaged the Somali man's vehicle, Gerardy called the Somali man a racial slur and said because he "does not pay taxes," the complaint states.

The Somali man's vehicle had an estimated $427 in damage and Gerardy's father's vehicles had a total damage estimate of $4,844, according to the complaint.

One witness told police he was visiting his girlfriend when they heard Gerardy smashing vehicles. When they went out to a balcony to see what was happening, Gerardy allegedly saw him, ran up toward the balcony and threatened to kill the witness while also yelling racial slurs at him. Gerardy also allegedly cocked back a piece of metal while yelling at him, and then ran up to the balcony and threatened him again.

According to the complaint, Gerardy's father said his son occasionally goes into fits of rage and he's afraid Gerardy will kill someone some day.

If convicted, Gerardy could face up to 10 years in prison, up to $20,000 in fines or both.

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