WORTHINGTON — A 30-year-old male is facing additional charges of felony threats of violence following his initial booking into Nobles County Jail.
Worthington police officers responded June 17 to a report of a man slumped over in a vehicle on a Worthington street. The driver, Brian Baragar, of Sandstone, allegedly claimed he was just very tired, but kept dozing off mid-sentence and wasn't aware of his surroundings.
Officers noticed some items in Baragar's vehicle that are associated with using narcotics, but a K9 officer indicated that drugs were not present in the vehicle. Baragar reportedly admitted to having used drugs in the vehicle before.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found several items, including computer equipment, sports cards and other valuables. Among the items were two Minnesota license plates, one of which belonged to a different vehicle and was registered as "flagged for resale." On Baragar's person, he reportedly had cash and a Pawn-It receipt with someone else's name on it. These discoveries led officers to believe the vehicle and its contents had been stolen.
While his vehicle was being searched, Baragar reportedly was standing outside the vehicle and asked for water. When informed that the officers didn't have any water to give him, he reportedly said, "I think that water I drank had heroin in it," and fell to the ground.
Baragar was then unresponsive, did not appear to be breathing and had no pulse, according to the report. Officers administered Narcan to Baragar, and an ambulance transported him to Sanford Worthington Medical Center.
Further investigation revealed that Baragar's driver's license was revoked following an alcohol-related offense in March 2019. Dozens of tools located in his vehicle were traced to Won-Door Corporation in Pine City, from which they had been stolen. The tools were valued at more than $2,000, and there were also between $600 to $700 worth of items that Barager had already pawned.
Baragar was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property — a felony with a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine — as well as DWI, driving after license revocation and driving without a vehicle registration.
Once in Nobles County Jail, Baragar hurt himself, and he was again taken to Sanford Worthington for treatment. On the way back to the jail, Barager allegedly looked at the officer who arrested him and said, "I want to kill all 17 of you [expletive]. I probably will kill you all by the end of the summer." The officer in question took Baragar's words as a threat on his life and the lives of other officers.
Barager has previously been convicted six different times of assaulting a police officer.
After this incident, an additional charge was filed against Baragar of felony threats of violence with intent to terrorize, which carries a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Baragar was released Thursday after posting $100,000 of conditional bail.