ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A 30-year-old man was denied his birthday wish to police — “Don’t take me to jail.”

Anthony Lavell Frazier was charged with theft and damage to property after being arrested around 1 p.m. on Dec. 8 near Robert Street in St. Paul.

Police had been given a description of Frazier while investigating a theft complaint, where the suspect took off running north on Robert Street away from the business where the theft occurred.

When police located Frazier, he began resisting arrest and said, “Don’t take me to jail for just stealing a stupid pair of shoes. Man, I didn’t have any money and it’s my birthday.”

Police say Frazier then smashed his head against the squad car while officers were removing items from Frazier’s pocket. Officers later discovered that Frazier’s head left a dent in the squad car.

Frazier admitted to police that he took the shoes because he heard it was easy to steal things from that particular store and because it was his birthday, but he didn’t have any money. He also said he smashed his head into the squad car because he doesn’t always think before he acts.

The shoes were valued at $99.99. The damage to the squad car was estimated at $1,079.17.


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