COON RAPIDS, Minn. (WCCO) — A 33-year-old man has been charged with fourth-degree assault for allegedly choking a police officer.

According to the charges, Joseph Allan Ilstrup, of Anoka, choked Officer Briana Johnson of the Coon Rapids Police Department after she approached him in a parking lot.

Officer Johnson was investigating a handicap parking violation around 9 p.m., Dec. 29 at 13020 Riverdale Drive Northwest, according to the complaint, when she saw Ilstrup walking to the vehicle.

As Ilstrup put groceries into the car, Officer Johnson asked him to identify himself. He refused and swore at Johnson, refusing to listen.

Officer Johnson then attempted to stop Ilstrup from moving away. Ilstrup pulled away and put both hands around Johnson’s neck, making it difficult for her to breathe.

Ilstrup then pushed Johnson up against a squad car and didn’t stop choking her until two other officers responded and used a Taser on him.

Ilstrup was put into the back of a squad car, where he continued to swear at police and began kicking the windows of the car.

Officer Johnson was taken to Mercy Hospital and treated for her injuries.

Comments (17)
  1. why waste time with him?... says:

    with his hands around your throat you reach down, pull out the 9mm Glock, raise it to the jerks head and pull the trigger. That’s the end of the story…….
    Plus think of all the tax money you would save with court costs and jail time….

  2. GH says:

    You’re an idiot!! Sounds like he was parked in a place where he had no business being parked and went nuts on this officer. Why do people hate the police? They don’t make the rules, they are just paid to enforce them. If you don’t like the laws maybe you should look at the leaders you voted in. Police have no control over the laws and people need to understand this.

    1. GH says:

      Good job WCCO for removing the comment I responded to. There should be no tolerance for people like that.

      1. Edmund Burke says:

        I agree. Only people who think the way I do should be allowed to voice their opinions.

    2. getaclue says:

      people hate police because too many are over stepping their authority ,becoming more militerized, and killing via taser,and all the baloney going down around the country.Your Not going to learn about the thuggery on SeeB.S.

  3. Jim says:

    Diversity, Kevin?

    1. Kevin says:

      Not this POS. However I just read MN data that states that 4% of Minnesota is black….while 40% of inmates in Minnesota are black…..that jim is diversity….they do the crime….they do the time…we pay the freakin dime…..

      1. adorno45 says:

        Perhaps you should take an introductory criminology course before posting such a thoughtless statement.

  4. just sayin says:

    He looks like a real ladies man… what woman wouldn’t want that nice head of hair. He has so much to offer.

  5. sigh says:

    Where does it say that is what size she is? Or are you making things up again?
    As long as they meet the requirements, they should be allowed.

  6. Karyn Roesler says:

    And what are you doing? Sitting on your recliner making dull observations? I would like to see you pass the firefighter training-I doubt you would. If you even knew what was involved in training you wouldnt make such ridiculous comments.

    1. joel says:

      Sorry Karyn took the st paul firefighters test many years ago and passed it and that was before they lowered the standards so the women could pass it,so i do know what it involves,my point still stands if i am in a fire or a crime my choice is a man not a woman to help me

      1. laura says:

        Joel lucky for you that a fireperson or police office, nurse and dr have an obligation to help someone that has been in an accident or who is trapped in a fire because I believe there would be many females that would gladly leave you to burn or bleed to death. Get off your alpha male thinking and come into the 21st century

  7. Brain Dead Zone says:

    Handicapped doesn’t have to mean physically.

  8. Cheers says:

    Um this guy is 33? Im 36 he looks 20 years older than me, people are so lazy can’t walk 10 parking spots.

  9. JS says:

    I’m going to take a wild shot in the dark and guess, drain bamage.

  10. news is not always true says:

    whatever happened to freedom of speech???? everything that the overlords dont like gets deleted

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