Suspect Accused of Spraying Bear Mace Surrenders to Brooklyn Park Police
The Brooklyn Park Police SWAT team convinced a barricaded suspect with an arrest warrant to surrender on Friday, April 21.
Ingram Oyugi, 31, was charged by the Hennepin County Attorney’s office with fourth-degree assault on a peace officer, using tear gas on a police officer and using tear gas to immobilize but not to protect ones self or property.
Prior to the incident, Hennepin County District Court issued a warrant for his arrest for domestic assault and disorderly conduct, court records showed.
His bail was set at $40,000.
Barricaded suspect surrenders in Brooklyn Park
According to the criminal complaint:
At 7:15 p.m., dispatch sent Brooklyn Park Police Department to a home in the 1900 block of Teton Trail North.
Callers reported that Oyugi was at the residence. The callers had an order for protection against Oyugi, who also had an open warrant for his arrest.
Officers made contact with Oyugi over the phone and asked him to leave the house, but he refused to leave.
Brooklyn Park police entered the home and again asked him to leave the residence. Officers on the scene then requested assistance from the SWAT team.
“(Oyugi) then began to spray an aerosol substance up the stairwell from the basement to the living room area,” the criminal complaint reads. “Officers had to utilize gas masks to prevent from being contaminated by spray.”
Oyugi also fired two Taser probes at police officers, the complaint said. One officer was struck but was not injured.
Officers spent several hours negotiating with Oyugi.
During the negotiations, Oyugi brandished a baseball bat “in a manner consistent with using it to swing at the officers.”
Once Brooklyn Park Police took him into custody, Oyugi began to spit at officers.
According to court documents, at approximately 3:18 p.m. on April 11, Brooklyn Park police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Teton Trail North.
Callers reported an assault. Officers responded and found two victims.
Oyugi’s brother told police that Oyugi had sprayed him and his mother with bear mace. Oyugi allegedly wore a gas mask during the assault.
“When officers arrived on scene, they found (the victims) on the driveway, crawling around in pain,” the warrant states.
Oyugi refused to leave the home following the incident.
Police noted that Oyugi may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
Court records show that Oyugi faced civil commitment cases in for mental illness in 2020 and 2021.