Skip to main content

Charges: Owatonna man threatened to kill police, politicians at MN Capitol protest

He is charged with possessing an unregistered firearm.
A Jan. 12 Snapchat post by Dayton Sauke, the complaint says. 

A Jan. 12 Snapchat post by Dayton Sauke, the complaint says. 

A 22-year-old Owatonna man who allegedly threatened to kill police officers and politicians on Snapchat has been arrested. 

Dayton Charles Sauke was arrested Jan. 15 and is charged in federal court with possessing an unregistered firearm, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday. He's expected to make his first court appearance on Tuesday. 

According to the federal criminal complaint, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office learned on July 30, 2020, that Sauke was selling narcotics, and manufacturing and dealing guns without a license. 

Police on Dec. 6, 2020, started monitoring Sauke's Snapchat account, on which he made "numerous posts consistent with manufacturing and dealing firearms without a license" and using and dealing drugs. 

From Dec. 6, 2020, through Jan. 12 of this year, Sauke posted photos on Snapchat of a short-barreled shotgun and made threatening posts about killing police and politicians. In one post he said, "We're all from the same cloth. Don't be showing out for any politicians we gotta murder every single one of them."

In a Jan. 12 post, he wrote "Extremist violence at the MN Capitol this weekend? Even if I only kill one cop that's more cops than Antif cop lovers have ever killed," charges state. 

There were concerns protests could turn violent at the Minnesota Capitol the weekend of Jan. 15, prompting an increased law enforcement presence (the weekend was peaceful). 

Here are some of the posts he made, according to the charges against him: 

A Jan. 8 Snapchat post. 

A Jan. 8 Snapchat post. 

A Jan. 12 Snapchat post. 

A Jan. 12 Snapchat post. 

A Snapchat post on Jan. 5. 

A Snapchat post on Jan. 5. 

Sauke, who had previously been convicted of illegally carrying firearms and on a drug charge, had written on forms to his probation officer that he had a "real urge to kill" and that “Cops can feel my wrath too. I’ve been tazed, stabbed and numbed numerous times that shit doesn’t phase me. It's not a matter of if it’s a matter of when," according to charges.

Sign up: Follow Bring Me The News on News Break

On Jan. 15, two undercover federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) agents met with Sauke. They bought a gun for $1,500 from him and discussed the cost of manufacturing more guns, the complaint said.

Sauke showed the ATF agents photos of guns they could buy and said he had a "sawed-off shotgun" in his car. The ATF agents said they'd pay him $900 toward the purchase of two other guns. 

Sauke was arrested after the purchase was complete, charges state. In Sauke's vehicle, investigators found the short-barreled shotgun similar to the one seen in Sauke's Snapchat posts, and a box of ammunition.

The gun was not registered to Sauke, as is required by federal law. 

Next Up

Winter scene snow storm snowfall highway driving traffic - Joe Nelson Feb 2022 4

Winter storm warning for Twin Cities: 6+ inches possible

The heaviest snow could move through the Twin Cities.

police lights

Carver man charged after standoff with police in Prior Lake

The man had been fleeing from police when he allegedly broke into a home and the standoff ensued.

ambulance

41-year-old Sherburne County man killed after crashing car into ditch

The crash occurred Sunday night in Palmer Township.

image

Around 200 rescued after ice breaks free on Upper Red Lake

Red Lake — both Upper and Lower — is the largest freshwater lake in the state.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 9.38.30 AM

St. Paul featured on Hallmark Channel's 'Christmas Cam' livestream

Downtown's dazzling display can be viewed from anywhere in the world.

JamborMugshot

Charges: Drunk driver almost struck Bemidji parade spectators

The man told police he was trying to attend the parade himself.

6

The SCHEELS Experience

Whether looking for reliable hunting and fishing gear or new clothing and shoes, Eden Prairie SCHEELS is a one-stop shopping experience for the whole family.

0

Charges: Man fatally shot ex's new partner as he dined at Bloomington restaurant

Criminal charges filed Monday detail an alleged motive in the shooting.

MetallicaLiveLondonWikimedia

Metallica to perform 2 nights in Minneapolis on 2023-24 World Tour

The heavy metal rock band returns to the state for the first time since 2018.

snow, plow

Tuesday storm to dump plowable snow in Minnesota

Snow should reach the Twin Cities Tuesday morning and fall throughout the day.

Related

DAYTON CHARLES SAUKE

Man who threatened to kill police and politicians pleads guilty to firearms charge

Charles Sauke, 22, pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm in federal court.

u.s. attorney's office

Charges: St. Paul man shipped heroin to Minnesota correctional facility

He also was found in possession of more than 100 grams of heroin, charges said.

kevin daniel loftus

Wisconsin man charged in connection to U.S. Capitol insurrection

Charges say he shared photos on social media of him inside the Capitol on Jan. 6 and commented on a post saying he's wanted by the FBI.

Ryan Bialke

Red Lake man indicted for first-degree murder in police officer's killing

He's accused of killing officer Ryan Bialke on July 27.

u.s. capitol building washington dc

St. Paul man who left threatening voicemail for U.S. rep. pleads guilty

He admitted to leaving the voicemail to cause "political pain."

snapchat

Rochester man pleads guilty to producing child porn on Snapchat

He faces 60 other child porn charges in Olmsted County.

mn state capitol january 17 2021

'Boogaloo Boi' from MN pleads guilty to federal machine gun charges

He also alleged he was helping to plot an attack on the State Capitol.

Screen Shot 2020-07-13 at 12.48.52 PM

Charges: Man chased victim, killed him using brass knuckles with knives

The suspect is accused of using brass knuckles with knives attached to stab the victim.