U students arrested outside Blarney

The two students were cited for obstructing the legal process.

Kyle Sando and Ian Larson

Two University of Minnesota students were cited for obstructing legal process at Blarney Pub and Grill early Friday morning. Tyler Pearson, 24, was being held on the ground by security staff when officers arrived on the scene. When Pearson was let up to be handcuffed by police, he allegedly swung at the security staff and struggled with police as a large crowd gathered outside the entrance, according to a University police report. According to the report, the staff at Blarney said Pearson refused to leave the bar as it was closing. The staff escorted him outside, but Pearson tried to get back inside several times. During these attempts, Pearson became physical with the staff and tried to punch them, the staff said in the report. Due to PearsonâÄôs muscular build, police had to use two sets of handcuffs joined together, according to the report. Pearson was described in the report as appearing drunk and being uncooperative. During the struggle, another University student, Zachary Krause, 22, walked up behind the officers and reached for Pearson, University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said. A police officer assisting on the call pulled Krause away from the struggle and told him to leave, according to the report. âÄúThey werenâÄôt treating [Pearson] with the respect that that guy should have been shown,âÄù Krause said of the Blarney employees who had been holding Pearson down. âÄúOne of the bouncers stepped on his fingers,âÄù Krause said. âÄúIt was for no reason at all.âÄù Blarney Pub and Grill had no comment about the allegations. Krause was also described in the report as being drunk and uncooperative. The report said Krause came within 15 feet of Pearson as he was being searched by officers. They told Krause he would be arrested if he did not keep his distance. Krause was then arrested for obstructing legal process and was released at the scene. Pearson was cited with disorderly conduct in addition to obstructing legal process. He was transported to a friendâÄôs house and released. Alleged Rec Center thief faces arrest after missing court date A Hennepin County judge issued a warrant for the arrest of 23-year-old Charlie Buzzell after the one-time University student failed to attend a court hearing Tuesday. Buzzell was charged with identity theft in connection with a series of locker-room thefts at the University Recreation Center. Buzzell and his alleged accomplice, 24-year-old Richard Hillstrom, were charged in Hennepin County after police say they cut the padlocks off lockers in the Rec Center and stole multiple credit cards and U Cards in the fall of 2009. The two allegedly used the stolen U Cards and credit cards to buy electronics and textbooks, which they then sold back to used book stores near campus. Police identified the two men in security footage from TCF Bank, Target stores, US Bank and the University Bookstore. The footage showed the two making fraudulent credit card transactions on several occasions, according to University police records. Both men have been enrolled at the University, according to University records, but their current academic statuses could not be confirmed. Hillstrom allegedly used a stolen U Card to buy textbooks worth more than $700 from the University Bookstore. The next day, Buzzell fled the bookstore after employees confronted him. University police arrested them a week later on Nov. 19 as they tried to sell several new textbooks to a used bookstore near campus, according to police records. University police executed a search warrant on HillstromâÄôs St. Paul home the next day and collected nearly 20 pieces of property, including several wallets, cut padlocks âÄî one with a University label âÄî and drug paraphernalia. Both Hillstrom and Buzzell admitted to police that they went into the Rec Center to steal credit cards, and both stated that their âÄúaddiction to heroin [was] the driving force behind their criminal activity,âÄù according to police records. Hillstrom is set to appear in court on similar identity theft charges on Jan. 26, according to Hennepin county records.