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Five charges for man who had rooftop standoff with Minneapolis police


An Anoka man who broke into a house and climbed onto the roof in an alleged attempt to evade police capture in North Minneapolis has been charged with five crimes.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced in a news release that 37-year-old Richard Dean Podvin has been charged with two counts of fifth-degree drug possession, and single counts of first-degree burglary, fleeing a police officer and being a prohibited person in possession of a gun.

It follows an almost four-hour stand-off with officers from a North Minneapolis rooftop on Wednesday evening.

Officers with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Violent Offender Task Force and U.S. Marshals were searching for Podvin at 5.20 p.m. Wednesday when they spotted his car on Humboldt Avenue N., only for Podvin to drive away.

He led officers on a high-speed chase at the end of which he crashed head on into a squad car, injuries two deputies, and then ran away, with police following on foot.

He is alleged to have then broken into a house that had adults and children inside and climbed onto the roof, where he stayed for well over three hours talking with police before he agreed to come down.

The attorney's office alleges that pills and a small bag of methamphetamine were found when on his body, while a handgun was recovered from his car, which he's not allowed to possess because of a third-degree assault conviction.

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