Twin Cities man accused of stalking, threatening RPD found incompetent

(ABC 6 News) – An Edina man accused of stalking and threatening Rochester police officers and their families was found incompetent to stand trial in Olmsted County Court.

According to investigators with the Sheriff’s Office of Olmsted County, 52-year-old Josef Makatewassi sent two officers multiple rambling emails alleging corruption in the police department, as well as mentioning Nazis, drug trade, and other crimes in May and June.

Two of the officers had responded to multiple domestic assault and violation of order for protection calls related to Makatewassi in April.

On June 9, those emails turned threatening.

Rochester police considered the threats credible and asked the sheriff’s office to investigate, to avoid a conflict of interest.

Makatewassi was deemed incompetent to stand trial on the charges of terroristic threats and harassment, as well as various domestic violence charges.

According to court documents, Makatewassi previously requested that if found incompetent, he be released to a recovery center in Eagan, MN.