Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan has declined to charge five males initially arrested for making terroristic threats against a teen-ager Dec. 7.
The five males, ages 17, 18, 19, 21 and 22, were arrested after police received a call of a group of white males threatening a black male, the Brainerd Police Department reported.
In a news release issued today, Ryan said after reviewing the investigative materials, it appears that there was an ongoing dispute between those involved, and that both sides of the dispute agreed that the Dec. 7 incident was not racially motivated.
Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc today said his department supports the county attorney's decision not to charge the five males.
"I think it's the right conclusion," said Bolduc.
Bolduc said lesser charges were considered, but investigators lacked independent victims outside of those involved with the altercation.
At the time of the arrest, police officers recovered a knife and brass knuckles. Three other juveniles also were cited for marijuana and alcohol possession.
The two groups had prior verbal altercations, Ryan said. He commended the Brainerd Police Department for its quick action Dec. 7 and for its follow-up investigation.
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