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Associated Press, Published June 15 2013

Man recently released from prison accused in Minnesota crimes

ST. PAUL – A convicted robber released from prison just last month carjacked three vehicles and kidnapped two people before crashing one of the cars in St. Paul, police said.

Officers say the crime spree began around 3 a.m. Wednesday at a grocery store in Foley. Brandon Stark, 39, of Faribault, is accused of carjacking a worker at knifepoint, driving to Minneapolis and then letting the employee go.

He’s accused of carjacking another vehicle Thursday evening in Minneapolis. In that incident, police said Stark forced a woman he saw walking to take him to her car at knifepoint. Once they made it to the vehicle, she threw her keys at him and fled, and Stark fled himself when a man confronted him, according to a Minneapolis police news release.

A block away, Stark hopped inside another woman’s car and threatened her with his knife, police said.

They said the woman drove Stark to South Minneapolis, where she told him she needed to get gas. She fled her vehicle with her keys in her hand after pulling up to a gas station.

Stark got out of the vehicle and tried to steal another car as its owner was pumping gas, police said.

When that owner confronted him, Stark jumped through the open passenger window of yet another car that was just pulling into the station and fought with the driver, police said.

The driver of that vehicle and the man who had been pumping gas both fought with Stark, police said, but he was able to get control of the vehicle and drive away.

Minneapolis police spotted Stark driving near the Ford Bridge into St. Paul. They said Stark fled, running stoplights at speeds of 60 mph in a 35 mph zone before crashing into several vehicles parked on a St. Paul street.

Stark was arrested at the scene and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for minor injuries. He was charged with aggravated first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and fleeing an officer. More charges could come.

Stark was released in May from the prison in Lino Lakes after serving six years for aggravated robbery.

Court documents say he was paroled on intensive supervised release, and an arrest warrant was issued for him after Wednesday’s alleged carjacking and kidnapping in Foley.