Rochester Man Arrested Following Knife Threat Incident

Paul Allen Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Paul Allen

May 22, 2017 01:32 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- On Friday morning, the Rochester Police Department got several calls of a man running with a knife, and of a man chasing another man with a rake. It happened around 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of 14th St. and 12th Ave NE in Rochester.

The officer who got there first saw three men standing in the street yelling at one man standing on the sidewalk. The men in the street told the officer that the man on the sidewalk pulled a knife on them. 


The three victims said they were in their truck and stopped when they saw the other man crossing the street at 14th Street and 11th Ave NE. The victims said they stopped and were waiting for the man to cross when he stopped in the middle of the crosswalk and started yelling at them. He allegedly yelled "something about their mom", so the three men got out of their truck. 

When they got out of the truck they say the suspect, who police have identified as 43-year-old Paul Allen, pulled a knife on them so they backed away. One of the men said he grabbed a rake out of his truck. 

The three men say Allen then walked away so they called the police and followed him. They told police that Allen threw the knife in a backyard. 

Police say they found that knife with the help of a K9 officer and arrested him.  Allen is charged with felony 2nd-degree assault.


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