SLAYTON — Local police arrested a Balaton man on a number of charges Sunday evening after investigating a stolen vehicle.
While running a routine license plate check, a Slayton police offer discovered that the license plate on a pickup seen in Slayton had been stolen from Mounds View. Further inspection showed that the license plate did not match the VIN. The truck had been reported stolen out of Isanti County, along with a Springfield XDM 9mm handgun.
The driver of the truck was a teenage girl, and the passenger was a bald man. During their investigation, police identified the passenger as Nicholas Muyskens, 23, of Balaton. When they arrived at a residence they suspected Muyskens to be inside, the girl reportedly ducked behind a kitchen counter in an attempt to avoid being seen.
A witness told police the teenager was Muyskens's girlfriend, and when police questioned her, the girl said she did not have a place to live. Running her identification, officers learned that she had run away from her home in Montevideo.
The teenager was taken to a youth program in Willmar.
Muyskens was arrested and charged with four offenses: depriving custody/parental rights by causing a child to be a runaway and aiding and abetting receiving stolen property, both felonies, and two misdemeanor counts of tampering with a motor vehicle. The first and most serious charge comes with a maximum possible sentence of two years in prison and/or a $4,000 fine, but actual sentencing will be determined based on Muyskens's criminal history.
He was taken to Lyon County Jail, where he is being held on bail set at $30,000 without conditions or $15,000 with conditions.