Rogers neighbors encircle fleeing motorcycle rider

BY AARON BROM

aaron.brom@ecm-inc.com

Note to motorcycle theft suspects attempting to flee cops by riding through residential yards in Rogers – you might not get far.

Daniel James Cook, 23, of Brooklyn Park learned this the hard way after he was arrested for fleeing police on a stolen motorcycle.

Neighbors in the Superior Drive area behind Industrial Boulevard got into the action after officer Kris Koroll was involved in chasing the suspect.

The incident started Friday night at 9:38 p.m. Officer Koroll noticed a motorcycle driving more than 20 mph above speed limit on Industrial Boulevard, and attempted to pull over the suspect. A chase briefly ensued toward Superior Drive.

"The suspect ended up on cul-de-sac, he attempted to drive on yards, lost control, dumped the bike and bailed into a pond," Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen said.

Once the suspect was in the pond, neighbors who heard the commotion came to aid in his apprehension. They encircled the pond and alerted officer Koroll of the suspect’s location as he attempted to swim out. Officer Steve Sarazin and Sgt. Jason Foster arrived for backup.

"The guy was swimming toward the edge of pond," Beahen said. "He came out and wasn’t very cooperative, was resistant. (Officer Koroll) tried to take him in custody, and a male neighbor helped."

Cook was then handcuffed and arrested.

He was charged with fleeing police and possession of a stolen vehicle. Hennepin County detectives are investigating the incident.

Beahen, who recently started in Rogers, was quick to credit alert neighbors for their assistance.

"The neighbors helped get this suspect into custody," he said.

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