Pipestone man charged with threats of violence

Reports allege that Ernie Sanchez threatened to commit a crime of violence with the intent to terrorize.

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PIPESTONE — Ernie Sanchez, of Pipestone, has been charged with a felony count of threats of violence after an alleged incident involving two juveniles.

On Nov. 22, Sanchez, 25, approached a member of the Pipestone County Sheriff's Office who was parked along the street in a squad car. Sanchez reportedly told the officer that a pair of juveniles “came at” him in the liquor store and pointed to the two victims, who were walking on the sidewalk.

The officer spoke with the victims, who stated that Sanchez had threatened to cut them and take off their heads. The victims reportedly expressed they were scared of Sanchez and only trying to get home. Both denied making any threats towards Sanchez.

Sanchez faces a maximum five years imprisonment for the threats of violence charge if convicted, and/or a $10,000 fine.

Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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