Brooklyn Park man charged with threats after allegedly trying to break into victim's home
Baccam's initial court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 17.
MOUNTAIN LAKE — A Brooklyn Park man is charged with a felony count of threats of violence, and a gross misdemeanor count for DWI, refusal to submit to a chemical test, in Cottonwood County.
On Jan. 2, law enforcement responded to a report of a man making threats and attempting to break into the victim’s residence. While approaching the residence, a black Chevrolet pickup was reportedly observed driving away.
According to the complaint, the caller identified the black Chevy truck as the vehicle of the person who was attempting to enter the residence. An officer followed the truck, which had pulled over to the side of the road.
The driver, later identified as Andy Rodger Baccam, 41, exited the truck and approached the squad car on foot. Dispatch confirmed that Baccam was identified by the victim.
The officer observed that Baccam smelled strongly of alcohol.
A Minnesota State trooper arrived on the scene to assist and reportedly observed an open bottle of vodka in the vehicle.
While the state trooper conducted a series of field sobriety tests, the Mountain Lake police officer returned to the victim’s residence. The lower half of the glass door was shattered, and the front door appeared to have been kicked in based on the damage to the door and door frame.
The victim stated Baccam was calling and texting throughout the afternoon, referring to the victim with derogatory terms. Baccam reportedly told the victim to die slowly and threatened to kill the victim during numerous phone calls. In a message to the victim’s mother, Baccam reportedly threatened to blow the victim’s head off.
Baccam was ordered to complete a series of field sobriety tests, during which he struggled to balance and walk a straight line, according to the report. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the result was .168.
Baccam was arrested for driving while intoxicated and transported to the Cottonwood County jail. There, he reportedly refused to provide a breath test.
Bail was set at $5,000 with conditions, and Baccam's initial court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 17.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both for the threats of violence charge. The gross misdemeanor DWI charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.
Note: This article was written based on information reported by local law enforcement agencies. The Globe reminds readers that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help, contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 1-800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org .