Rochester Teenager Suffers Seizure While Being Threatened
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Arrest warrants have been issued for two men who are accused of threatening a Rochester teenager and causing him to suffer a seizure.
Being sought on felony assault and kidnapping charges are 23-year-old Rodney Livingston and 20-year-old Kevin Hall. Livingston has a Colorado address and Hall has been living in Rochester.
The incident took place in January and police became involved when the 15-year-old’s mother called 911 to report he had just been chased home by a man she did not recognize.
According to the criminal complaint:
The caller "reported that her fifteen-year-old son was frantically pounding on the front door screaming to be let in " and she said "she saw a heavyset man with dreadlocks running away."
The teenager told police a 16-year-old neighbor had accused him of stealing a safe that contained marijuana wax and $5,000 in cash. The victim said the 16-year-old and Hall forced him to leave his mother’s apartment and get into a car. Livingston was also in the car and they threatened the victim with a gun.
They then went to an apartment in the same building where the victim lived and again threatened him with a gun, demanding he return the safe.
According to the criminal complaint, the teenager told police "Livingston and Hall threatened him, struck him, and threw water on him, all while demanding he return the safe. Victim reported that the stress induced a seizure."
He was eventually able to flee back to his mother's apartment.
The Olmsted County Attorney’s Office sought warrants for the two men “on the basis that arrest is necessary to prevent imminent harm to Victim and witnesses. If the violence described was committed as retaliation for an alleged theft, then even worse retaliation could result from this criminal accusation."
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