Hermantown, Minnesota: Man convicted of sex with dead deer charged in alleged assault of police officer
A 25-year-old man was charged Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Duluth District Court in the alleged assault of a police officer in the Hermantown Walmart parking lot.
Bryan James Hathaway, who has no current address, was charged with fourth-degree assault upon a police officer; obstructing the legal process, fleeing on foot and possession of stolen property.
In 2007, Hathaway was sentenced to nine months' probation after he was convicted of sexual contact with a dead deer.
He had been found guilty in April 2005 of felony mistreatment of an animal after he killed a horse with the intention of having sex with it. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail and two years of extended supervision on that charge as well as six years of probation for driving a vehicle without the owner's consent.
According to the Hermantown Police Department:
At about 6:20 p.m. Monday, off-duty Hermantown police officer Kody Vedder was leaving Walmart with a family member when she observed what she said she believed was a crime in progress, a vehicle prowl. Vedder observed a male in the back seat of the car parked next to her rummaging around, looking through bags and under the seats and appearing nervous as if watching for people approaching.
Vedder had just completed her shift that day and was wearing attire that identified her as a police officer. She approached the occupant of the car and identified herself as a police officer, called 911 for a duty squad and attempted to detain the
individual until a squad could arrive to investigate further. A struggle ensued and Vedder was pushed to the ground by the suspect, who fled the area on foot.
Numerous agencies responded to assist in apprehending the suspect, who was located in a nearby car dealership parking lot and taken into custody without further incident. Vedder sustained scratches and bruising and will need to undergo further testing for injuries sustained in the assault.
Three stolen cellphones were located in one of the bags the suspect was in possession of while in the back seat of the car.