A homeless man believed to be high on drugs told police he stole a Mankato couple's vehicle because President Donald Trump told him to do it, court documents say.
Jesse Allen Pepper, 38, has been charged with felony auto theft and felony 5th-degree possession of drugs after allegedly stealing the car on Oct. 16.
According to the criminal complaint, the husband and wife had jump-started their vehicle around 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 16 and allowed it to run while parked in the alley behind their home.
They left the vehicle unlocked and went inside for a moment to let the battery charge, and when they came back outside the vehicle was gone. They immediately called 911 to report their stolen vehicle and while on the phone with dispatch a man pulled up and returned the car.
The man, identified as Pepper, told the couple that the vehicle smelled like radiation and had been used to set off an atomic bomb in Texas. The couple also told police that the man uttered something incoherent about President Trump.
By the time a police officer arrived, Pepper was gone. The officer was able to find him a short distance away and when he placed him under arrest he discovered a glass pipe that tested positive for methamphetamine.
The officer documented Pepper saying he could smell radiation and wanted to cover his nose and mouth. He kept talking about radiation in the air, an atomic bomb going off in Texas and President Trump instructing him to take the vehicle.
Pepper was transported to May o Clinic Health System-Mankato for evaluation and later booked into Blue Earth County Jail.
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