Charges: Man Harrassed Neighbors For Years

HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) — An Eagan man is accused of stalking and harassing his neighbors, as well as vandalizing their property, over the course of years.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Dakota County, neighbors of 47-year-old Michael John Gunderson say they reported incidents of vandalism starting in 2007. Eagan Police detectives arrested Gunderson on Friday afternoon at his home off Birchpond Road.

Investigators said the neighbors reported that year that someone started their garden hose and left it running in their window well. They also reported that year that someone put water into their furnace’s air intake, damaging the equipment.

The next year, the victims reported their telephone and cable lines had been cut, their tree had been cut in half, their hummingbird feeder had been tossed into the back woods, and the grounding connecter on their air conditioning unit had been removed.

“It’s been very damaging, costing them a lot of money to fix some of these problems,” said Danielle Anselment, spokeswoman with the Eagan Police Department.

A neighbor also installed a surveillance camera in the summer of 2008 to catch the vandal in the act. That person reported to police that Gunderson had trained a laser beam on the camera to disable it. The charges state officers found that a laser had indeed been set up on Gunderson’s deck.

The criminal complaint goes on to detail incidents of harassment in 2010. The victims claimed Gunderson made obscene gestures to them while they were in their yard, yelling expletives.

This year, police determined that Gunderson had been distributing at least eight letters throughout the neighborhood claiming that one of his two neighbors was an “ultra pervert.” Police said Gunderson signed the letters “Terra Glenn Guy.”

Eagan Police Chief James McDonald was also a victim.

“It went to my boss, and I’m certainly not happy about it,” he said about a letter sent to the Eagan City Administrator in August of this year. “To go home, tell your family about things that happened at work today is kind of concerning.”

The letter outlines lies about department corruption. It talked specifically about an Eagan detective organizing sex parties involving prostitutes. It also alleged that McDonald is involved in all misconduct in the department.

“As a public official, I get I can be criticized for the work that I do,” said Chief McDonald. “Where I draw the line is when someone lies about my character.”

Police were able to trace the letters sent to the City Administrator and neighbors back to Gunderson based on the stamp meter numbers.

Investigators say, in another letter, he claimed to have been run out of the room during an Eagan Citizen’s Crime Prevention Association meeting by its president, who is identified as one of the two victims of harassment in the criminal complaint.

When confronted by investigators, Gunderson called one of his two neighbors a “f—ing b—-” and said the other was a “pervert.” When police questioned him about whether he could’ve explored other avenues regarding his concerns, he agreed.

Gunderson has been charged with one felony count of engaging in a pattern of stalking conduct, and also one gross misdemeanor charge of stalking.

The criminal complaint also says that Eagan Police ran a records check on Gunderson and found that he had previously been charged with stalking and harassment in Rogers, Minn. back in 2005, accusing someone of being a child molester. The complaint says the case was dismissed so long as certain compliance conditions were met.

  • Swamp Rat

    Isn’t time for this guy to start stalking Bubba at the MN State Max Hotel in Oak Park Heights? I wonder if he gets away with his chicanery then? Bubba should correct his behavior!

    • Swamp Rat

      Sorry chum! It’s not the movies but reality prison life. Minnesota does have a convict Bubba, the in-mate enforcer. However, your solution sounds a bit more appropriate.

      • jackactionhero

        Have you ever been to prison? The “Bubba Love” scenario is not accurate.

        • Swamp Rat

          Do you speak from experience, Bubba?

          • jackactionhero

            I’ve served time in 2 different states. Your “Bubba the black rapist” stories are greatly exaggerated. Let’s just call them false entirely, ok?

            • loser

              Thats something to be proud of there jack… good for you.

    • Go back to prizon

      Hey I know this guy. I pick him up in a plastic bag every time I take my dog for a walk!

  • TL the alligator

    this loser deserves a stint in the state prison and a enforceable restraining order that is enforced……this type of criminal will understand and bide by nothing less…..i hope he gets 6 years.

    • desert eagle .50

      That’s the first thing you’ve said in 2 weeks that I agree with. Maybe there’s hope for you yet. If they need a firing squad I’ll volunteer. I have extensive firearms experience.

      • Sigmund Freud

        Perhaps the subconscious of this subject is telling us that he lacks in some respect. What is the Desert Eagle, perhaps, but a substitute for some other element in which he is deficient? But what could it be? What, I ask?

        • jackactionhero

          Let’s also consider that almost all of Sigmund Freud’s work have been largely discredited and his theories dumped.

          • Carl Jung

            Says the 2-time convict.

            • jackactionhero

              I’ve been convicted of more than 2 things. Minor detail. I only served a few times.

    • Richard in Minneapolis

      6 years? Please send your check for one-quarter of a million dollars ($40,000/year) to the State of Minnesota.

      Slap an ankle bracelet on him and keep him paying taxes.

      • Brains

        and slapping an ankle bracelet on him would do what? He would still be able to harass neighbors via phone, letters, and other means. He needs to be in a location where his contact to the outside world can be strictly monitored.

  • GEt.a.LiFE

    i dont think death is always the simple answer; especially for something like this.
    i think he needs quality time in prison with someone stalking his a$$ and just making in a living h*ll for him in there like he was doing to his neighbors

    • for Tiny Jack

      big talk there jacko bt a very little man. ;-) lmao

      • jackactionhero

        Did you want to try again in English, kiddo?

        • red

          you are as obnoxious as Kevin

          • jackactionhero

            Nobody is that obnoxious. I’m offended. Really – that hurts. :*(

  • Troubledjuan

    I like the way you think sam i am!

  • Charlie

    Did you mean 30-06 (the second zero is referred to as “aught”) …
    But, maybe a little extreme… just a good whipping would probably suffice.

  • Jay

    Incarceration isnt going to stop this person, but very possibly make matters worse for the victims. These type of people see themselves as the righteous defending their neighbors, and will continue to harrass people he feels are in the wrong. There is something mentally wrong with this clown that a restraining order wont stop him.

  • I

    NOTHING worse than loser/inconsiderate/crazy neighbors :-(
    Good neighbors are a blessing:-)

  • red

    what the heck is the guys problem? He is just going to do it someone else to harass it sounds like if he gets the chance

    • red

      if I could write a sentence correctly- sorry- he’ll just keep on doing it to someone else

  • kevin

    this guy is my best friend.

    • yep...

      not at all surprised!

  • Rags

    “Today’s WCCO ‘Good Neighbor’ Award goes to…”

    • Crazy Joe


  • Molly

    This is one creepy guy,,,,lock’m up before his face is on the news for a worse thing. those poor people that have to put up with him as their neighbor,,,,no thanks!!

  • Sarah in Outstate MN

    What is his motivation for the harrassment?

  • Lives next to crazy Dave

    My family has lived next to a neighbor just like this for 4 yrs. He even works for the federal gov’t and there is nothing we can do. It is a living hell for our entire neighborhood and the police say he goes right up to the line of breaking the law, but until he crosses it and gets caught, there is nothing we can do. If you have great neighbors, count your blessings because our neighbor is a nightmare.

    • jackactionhero

      If he’s not breaking the law, then how can you say you live next to a neighbor like this?

      • Lives next to crazy Dave

        Sorry I re-read my comment and he has broken the law, but until we can catch him, the police can’t do anything. He has sued our city, housing development and other neighbors. He is a social misfit. I always wonder what these people’s wives say. I would move out if my husband did these things. Oh well, I am glad at least this guy got caught and is being prosecuted.

  • mike z

    This is one complete social misfit that needs some serious treatment in the psycho ward

  • Jennifer Q Anderson

    We lived next door to a guy like this in Bloomington when when I was young. Hard for the police to do antything because he knew how to play the rules by the line. Finally one day, when he killed our dog my dad hired two highschool friends/associates from NE Minneapolis to pay a visit. The police report showed our neighbor was treated for 14 broken bones and suffered massive head trauma. Needless to say the guy moved and we never heard from him again. I was told he died from cranial bleedin about 7 years later. The police knew what happened but never pursued the case. They were happy. The limitations statue is gone so I can talk about it now.

  • jackactionhero

    I don’t no why Im so stoopid

  • Harvy


  • Perps abound

    So how much ya wanna snowballs of course to remain legal …. that he gets more time for a camera than Amy Senser gets for taking a life ?
    BTW…and funny but I did not see any reference here (wink-wink and wonders why? lol) that Ms Amy Senser again received another postponement until mid-January, 2012 on her hearing. And that good ol’ Judge Peterson also has a cease order on any civil gathering of info until after the criminal is done….. imagine that now. A life is not worth a damn thing evidently unless it is white, rich, well connected it seems. Way to go Judicial System and political schmucks…. your true colors are showing up well. ;-)
    She deserves jail time like everyone else and Judge Peterson needs to friggen go. Didn’t realize he could be had so easy…….sad

  • JS

    Well, sociopath, obviously. How in this day and age does our system still not recognize the sociopath? We know all about them, thanks to shows like, “Law and Order” and books like, “The Sociopath Next Door”. Everyone knows what a sociopath is, these days. And how is it that it takes years to get rid of someone who is making your life a living hell? Sociopaths seem to be able to lead charmed lives until they hurt someone important, or murder someone (if then). Write your representatives. That’s how things are changed. Keep violent people in prison. Stop over crowding jails with nonviolent people. End the revolving door criminal just-a-system.

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