Five charges against Anoka man who fled police, climbed on roof

Friday, May 22, 2015

An Anoka man was charged with five crimes for fleeing police in North Minneapolis and breaking into a house, where negotiators eventually talked him down from the roof, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Richard Dean Podvin, 37, was charged with two counts of fifth-degree drug possession, one count of first-degree burglary, a count of a prohibited person in possession of a gun and a count of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Violent Offender Task Force and U.S. Marshals were looking for Podvin about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday when they saw his car on Humboldt Avenue North and then saw him drive away. He led police on a high-speed chase until he collided head-on with a squad car and sprinted away.

Police chased him as he broke into a house with adults and children inside and managed to climb up onto the roof. Police spent more than three hours talking to him before he finally agreed to come down and be arrested.

Numerous items were found on Podvin, including pills and a bag containing a small amount of methamphetamine. A search warrant allowed officers to recover a handgun from his car. He has a third-degree assault conviction, which prohibits him from possessing a gun, the complaint states. 

Criminal Complaint (PDF)