Man charged with threatening worker over Gopher game

8:29 AM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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HASTINGS, Minn. - An Eagan man is charged with making terroristic threats over a loud radio that was spoiling his viewing of a Gopher basketball game.

Eagan police were called to a residence on the 1600 block of Woodgate Lane January 18 by a utility worker who said she had been threatened by a resident, later identified by officers as 32-year-old Daniel Thomas Drobac.  

The woman told responding officers that she was playing the radio in her van loudly so she could hear it as she set up a work tent outside. She had it set on KFAN and the hosts were talking about the previous night's Gopher basketball game when a man inside one of the homes yelled at her.

A criminal complaint says the man yelled again a short time later, saying "I'm not kidding, I'm going to f*&#ing shoot you." At that point the victim called 911 and locked herself inside the van until police arrived.

Eagan police say they found a large kitchen knife just ten feet from the worker's tent, with no footprints leading up to where officers found it. That led them to believe that the knife had been thrown from the residence, as there were skid marks on top of the snow.

Police went to the home and questioned Daniel Drobac, who admitted that he was watching a Gopher game he had recorded and was upset that the victim's radio was spoiling the outcome. Investigators say he admitted yelling out the window but denied throwing a knife.

Officers located a butcher block set of knives that matched the one they found in the snow.

If found guilty of terroristic threats Daniel Drobac faces the possibility of 5 years in prison.


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