Above, City Councilors pose with police. Pictured are (front row, left to right) City Councilors Cari Girk and Archie Neumann, Mayor Kent Koch and City Councilors Hank Pepin and Tom Pedersen. In the back row are Medina Police Officer Tom Gregory, West Hennepin Public Safety Officer Rick Denneson, Corcoran Police Officer Jesse Olson, Corcoran Police Chief Sean Gormley, West Hennepin Public Safety Sgt. Gary Kroells, Corcoran Police Officer Josh Hunter, Medina Police Sgt. Jason Nelson, West Hennepin Police Officer Josh Hunter, Plymouth Police Sgt. Brain Beniek, State Patrol Chief Warrant Officer 3 Gregg Burgess, Three Rivers Park District Officer Chad Dickie and State Trooper Steve Willert.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded when two suspects kidnapped Loretto resident Javier Velasco from his driveway on Friday, Sept. 13. Within 30 minutes police rescued him, unharmed, from the trunk of the kidnappers’ car. Police pursued the suspects on the ground and via a State Patrol helicopter. Four to five hours later, the suspects were apprehended in Corcoran.
The city of Loretto decided to honor law enforcement officers who participated in the pursuit Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the City Council meeting.
Hennepin County Commissioner Penny Steele (left) meets Loretto Mayor Kent Koch (center) and Three Rivers Park District Officer Chad Dickie, who was the officer who drove up on the suspects’ vehicle.