Twin Cities man arrested after appearing at county officials’ homes
by Lisa Kaczke
Sun CURRENT Newspapers
Thomas W. Evenstad was charged with two counts of terrorist threats after he appeared at the homes of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and an assistant Hennepin County attorney.
Neither man was home when Evenstad arrived on Friday, March 14, but their wives were and said they felt threatened by Evenstad, 48, of Edina, according to the Ramsey County criminal complaint.
The assistant county attorney successfully prosecuted Evenstad for first-degree and third-degree sexual conduct in 1999, for which Evenstad received a 139-month sentence, according to the complaint. Evenstad maintains his innocence, and has a Twitter account @MN_Innocent_Man and website entitled “Thomas Evenstad Was Wrongfully Convicted.”
Before appearing at the two homes, Evenstad appeared at the Governor’s Residence on the afternoon of March 14, according to the complaint. A state trooper told Evenstad that he wouldn’t be allowed beyond the gate when he demanded to see the governor and he left.
Evenstad arrived at Stanek’s house at about 5:20 p.m. March 14, according to the complaint. Evenstad demanded to see the sheriff when Stanek’s wife answered the door. Evenstad said he would wait when he learned Stanek wasn’t home. Stanek’s wife noticed Evenstad would change quickly from calm to irate, according to the complaint.
“Evenstad indicated that his presence had something to do with his sister having been raped, nothing having been done, and that he felt Stanek was responsible. Evenstad added that Stanek had somehow ruined his life,” according to the complaint.
He left Stanek’s house and arrived at the assistant county attorney’s house 14 minutes later, according to the complaint. The prosecutor’s wife and children were home.
“Evenstad told the prosecutor’s wife that he had been wrongfully convicted and that he was there to ‘let him (the prosecutor) make things right,’” according to the complaint.
He left after she said she was calling 911.
Prior to the events of March 14, Evenstad was attending public meetings and hearings related to the state sex offender treatment program at the State Capitol, according to the complaint. At a hearing during the week of March 9, he confronted a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assistant superintendent, according to the complaint. He also called the Governor’s Residence more than once that week wanting to meet with Gov. Mark Dayton about medical marijuana, according to the complaint.
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