Charges Connected to Rochester Bomb Scare Dismissed
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A local judge has dismissed the charges that were filed against a Twin Cities man responsible for a bomb scare in Rochester last fall.
Judge Matthew Opat presided over a bench trial in the case last week, and on Monday issued his decision to throw out the case against 47-year-old Scott Vilinskis because the Shorewood man is incompetent due to mental illness.
He was facing a felony count of fleeing police connected to an incident that began the afternoon of November 4th when a motorist called 911 to report a man who was driving his car and performing a lewd act. A short time later, Rochester police stopped his car at the Crossroads Shopping Center and then learned Vilinskis had been involved in an earlier incident at the Twin Cities airport dealing with a bomb threat.
A police dog was brought to the scene and alerted on something suspicious, prompting a Twin Cities bomb squad to respond. While waiting for an all clear to be issued about four hours later, police decided to close South Broadway between 12th and 16th streets and to evacuate portions of the shopping center.