White Bear Lake Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Connection to Standoff

July 10, 2018 07:16 PM

The video above is from a May 24 report.

A White Bear Lake man pleaded not guilty to charges in connection to a May standoff. 


Court records show 37-year-old Troy Allen Strawn has pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree assault, one count of threats of violence and one count of domestic assault by strangulation. 

Strawn will appear in court again on July 26.

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According to a criminal complaint, Strawn threatened his girlfriend with a knife prior to the hours-long standoff on May 24. 

The complaint states Strawn's girlfriend told police Strawn was drunk when the incident occurred. She said he showed her a rope and "asked her if she wanted to see if he could choke her out with it."


Strawn allegedly brought a knife to the bedroom and touched it to his girlfriend's skin in multiple places, telling her "the place where he touched her with the tip would be where he would cut her if he wanted to eat her ribs" and "that would be a good place to cut her if he wanted to fry and eat her skin," according to the complaint.

The girlfriend got Strawn to calm down and took a nap, then confronted Strawn about his behavior. She said she told him she was tired of his intimidation and threats and would contact her father to leave. Strawn allegedly told his girlfriend something bad could happen to her father if she told him about the incident.

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She said she asked Strawn if he was threatening her father, at which point Strawn allegedly lunged at her, choked her and held a knife to her throat. 

The girlfriend said she got Strawn to calm down and release her, then went outside to call her father and a friend.

While she was talking with the friend, Strawn grabbed the phone, attempted to break it and threw it in the yard, cracking the screen in the process, the complaint states.

According to a press release from the White Bear Lake Police Department, at 1:35 p.m., officers responded to the domestic disturbance between Strawn and his girlfriend. Police say the girlfriend, who was uninjured, met officers outside and reported she was threatened with a knife by Strawn, who was still inside the house.

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Strawn had brief verbal contact with officers from the doorway, according to the report. Strawn was uncooperative, refused to surrender to officers and retreated into the house. Officers had further contact with Strawn by phone and he continued to be uncooperative. Information was also received which indicated Strawn had multiple knives and possibly a firearm with him inside the house. 

Officers requested assistance in apprehending Strawn from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office SWAT team. SWAT team members responded, negotiated with Strawn to surrender and he was taken into custody at 5:15 p.m., according to the release. Chemical irritant was deployed into the house during the incident and Strawn was struck by a less-lethal "bean bag" round prior to his arrest. 



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