Assault suspect arrested after daylong search

(ABC 6 News) – Rochester police arrested a suspect in an assault call Tuesday morning.

Around noon on May 9, police received a call from an 18-year-old girl, saying a man had pointed a gun at her in a motor vehicle.

The caller, her female friend, and two men were all at the Apollo Gas Station at 4th Street and 11th Avenue SE, according to Capt. Casey Moilanen.

The four got out of a car belonging to one of the men, the caller’s friend, and made purchases from the gas station.

The caller asked the other man, who she didn’t know well, to go back into the store to get her something else. According to the caller, an argument ensued and the man in the passenger seat, asked her to get out of the vehicle.

The caller lived on the other side of town, and didn’t want to leave the car, Moilanen said. The male passenger pointed a handgun at her, then pulled her out of the car.

The other girl also left the car, and the two men left the gas station.

Rochester police received descriptions of the men and vehicle and reviewed surveillance video of the altercation, Moilanen said.

At 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, a police officer located the vehicle at Center Street and Civic Center Drive and conducted a traffic stop in the Wells Fargo parking lot. After the officer made contact with the David Walker, who matched the description of the man who assaulted the girl, Walker fled on foot toward the Mayo Civic Center and was arrested near the monument on the east side.

The vehicle was searched, but police did not find a weapon.

Walker, 31, complained of difficulty breathing, so Mayo Clinic Ambulance took him to St Marys for an evaluation.

He was cleared during a medical exam and taken to jail Tuesday afternoon.

Walker, from Illinois, faces a charge of felony 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.