Bloomington vise-throwing suspect jailed

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A Bloomington man charged with throwing dangerous items at oncoming vehicles was booked in jail early Thursday.

Gerret Parks, 39, was charged Tuesday in Hennepin County with throwing objects ranging from a box of baking soda to gallon water jugs along a 14-block stretch of Normandale Boulevard in Bloomington this winter, the Star Tribune said.

Parks was booked into the Hennepin County jail shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday. The Tribune said there is no immediate word on the circumstances leading to his surrender.

The only injury reported from the alleged throwing incidents was last week, when a vice crashed through a car window and struck National Guard Sgt. Jon Stacke as he was behind the wheel. Stacke spent three nights in the hospital with a broken jaw, lost teeth and other facial injuries, the article said.

"I just remember hearing the explosion, grabbing for my mouth, feeling the blood, the glassl in my eyes," Stacke said in a Pioneer Press article. "The only thing that mystifies me - if it was a 17- or 18-year-old, it's one thing, but a 39-year-old man? Why would you do that at 39?" Stacke said.

According to the criminal complaint made public Wednesday, 14 incidents have occurred on Normandale between 84th Street and 98th Street from Dec. 29 to Feb. 27. In most cases, objects hit the front of oncoming vehicles and caused significant damage. Several victims reported the items came from the driver's side of another car.

In 1994 Parks was charged with property damage for a "series of incidents where he rode around in a vehicle using a wrist rocket and BB gun to shoot out windows of vehicles, homes and businesses," according to the complaint.

Parks said he had been "throwing away his dad's old items week by week" into a garbage can, and that his friend must have stolen the items to set him up, the complaint said.

While being held at Bloomington's Police Department, Parks used his pants zipper to slit both his wrists, the Press said. He was released Sunday after posting a $50,000 bond.

That evening, Parks was spotted driving more than 70 mph through a 35 mph zone in St. Croix Falls, Wis. He was arrested after a chase and physical confrontation with police, the complaint said.

He was again released on a $2,500 bond, the Press said. Other charges related to the incident might be coming; police believe Parks may have been intoxicated but are awaiting lab results.

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