A local YouTuber with more than 13,000 subscribers is accused of assaulting a woman in White Bear Lake on Sunday.
Anthony Michael Wicklace, 20, of St. Paul, who is known on YouTube as the Minnesota Guardian, is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to the July 18 incident.
According to the criminal complaint, at 11:33 p.m. on July 18, a White Bear Lake police officer saw a woman standing in the northeast corner of White Bear Avenue and County Road E waiving down a vehicle for help.
The woman told the officer a man named "Tony" assaulted her with a Taser after he'd given her a ride, charges say. She told the officer when she refused to provide the sexual services Tony wanted, he tried to push her out of his vehicle and Tased her with a Taser gun.
The officer noted a Taser prong was sticking in the woman's upper back, the complaint says.
The victim told police that before she'd gotten in the car with Tony, who was later identified as Wicklace, she'd been removed by St. Paul police from a home on the 100 block of Summit Avenue in St. Paul. That's when a man she didn't know, later identified as Wicklace, pulled up in a Crown Victoria and offered her a ride. He told the victim he was trained in de-escalation skills.
The victim noted Wicklace was wearing tactical pants, a duty belt, had "duty tools" in his center console and had a police scanner with him, which was why he'd arrived at the scene.
She agreed to the ride, asking Wicklace to take her to her dad's house in Mahtomedi, the complaint says. En route to his house, Wicklace began making sexual advances and offered her money for her to perform sexual acts on him. He also pulled out his penis and began masturbating while he was driving.
He then grabbed the victim's breast and said something along the lines of "You know you want me," charges state. She pushed his hand away and repeatedly said no.
After she rejected Wicklace's advances, he began driving more aggressively, charges state. He exited the freeway, turned off his headlights and continued to argue with the victim before pulling onto Spruce Place in White Bear Lake and demanding the victim get out of the car.
The victim refused because it was dark and she needed to get home. That's when Wicklace tried to push her out of the vehicle and then Tased her, the complaint says. He then tried to stun her again, but no shock was emitted.
As the victim was getting out of the vehicle, Wicklace tried to slam the car door against her body, charges say. Once she was out of the car, Wicklace got back into the driver's side and sped off.
Police issued an alert for Wicklace, who was arrested at his home in St. Paul at about 12:31 p.m. on July 19. Investigators searched his vehicle, where they found a Taser in the center console, as well as a back mesh duty belt with a holster for a taser, pepper spray and body armor vest in the vehicle.
Police found a discharged taser cartridge and second taser prong in the area where the victim described the assault.
Wicklace chose not to speak with the police, charges state. His bail was set at $60,000, according to FOX 9.
Wicklace's YouTube channel has 13,900 subscribers with his videos, which he streams live get thousands of views. His videos include him showing up at crime scenes attempting to talk to police and doing his "First Amendment audits" in which he confronts officials, business owners, customers, and protesters.