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Armed Sturgeon Lake man still in jail

A Sturgeon Lake man faces 11 felony charges after he reportedly beat his girlfriend, the dog and then tried to kick down the door at her parents’ home and threatened harm while carrying several guns.

Jeremiah Robert Ray, 24, was charged in Carlton County Court on April 1, with two counts of first-degree burglary, four counts of second-degree assault, four counts of terroristic threats, one count of domestic assault by strangulation — all felonies — plus misdemeanor domestic assault and cruelty to animals.

According to the criminal complaint, a 911 call came in at 8:29 p.m. March 30 of an armed person who was out of control at a residence on the 4000 block of County Road 10, in Moose Lake Township.

The complaint stated that Ray’s domestic partner claimed he had pushed her to the ground earlier in the day and began choking her, plugging her nose in order to deprive her of air. Later, when she came back from shopping, he was angry and allegedly beating the dog and threatening to kill it. After she went to her parents’ home on the same property, Ray came there and allegedly kicked down the door to enter the residence without permission. He was reportedly carrying two handguns and an assault-style rifle.

According to the complaint, Ray reportedly pushed his partner, and then allegedly pointed a gun at an older man at the residence and threatened to kill him. He reportedly did the same to an older woman there. When the couple’s son pulled up in the driveway, he called police, then Ray allegedly also pointed a gun at him and threatened to kill him too.

By the time Moose Lake police officers along with officers from the Carlton County and Pine County Sheriff’s departments responded, along with the Minnesota State Patrol, Ray had left the residence. He was arrested a short time later at a residence in the Sturgeon Lake area in Pine County. When police searched that residence, they found two Glock 10mm pistols and an AR .308 caliber rifle.

Assistant Carlton County Attorney Michael Boese is the prosecuting attorney in the case, and explained that although Ray did not steal anything from the Moose Lake residence, a person can be charged with first-degree burglary for entering a residence uninvited while either possessing a weapon or committing an assault while in the residence.

“It is a very serious case and very scary for the victims and family who were present,” Boese said. “Anytime someone brings a gun to a crime, you have to assume they intended to use it, which makes this case very serious.”

Bond for Ray was set at $200,000 or $20,000 cash. He is still in custody at the Carlton County Jail. His next court appearance is an omnibus hearing on April 15.

Ray has previously been convicted of fighting, theft of a motor vehicle, possessing or carrying a pistol without a permit, marijuana possession and several driving violations.

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