Police arrest suspect in case of woman followed into her apartment

The man was identified after police widely publicized a surveillance video.

Sara Schweid

Police said they have arrested a man suspected of being involved in a harassment incident July 8 at University Village West.

Police said Matthew G. Pengra is suspected of following a University Village resident into the building, then to her apartment and grabbing her. She got into her apartment and the man ran away.

A security video at the apartment complex captured his image, the video was put on the University police department’s Web site and was then broadcast on local news stations.

Steve Johnson, deputy chief of police for the University, said that after the video was made public, police identifie the suspect. Police also received helpful tips from the public, Johnson said.

Someone with a license plate number and description of a car Pengra had borrowed contacted officers. That person told officers Pengra had been seen in the area of 37th Street and Stinson Boulevard in Northeast Minneapolis, Johnson said.

Officers found the car nearby, and as they were looking at it, a neighbor came outside and shouted that someone was running down the street, away from the officers, Johnson said.

Police followed the man, who was identified as Pengra, and apprehended him.

He was arrested and booked at Hennepin County Jail.

Forged checks
Police said they caught a Minneapolis man trying to cash a forged check July 19.

Employees at TCF Bank on Washington Avenue suspected the check was fraudulent and contacted University police, according to the report.

Officers arrived and placed Andrew Schultz under arrest. He admitted to stealing the personal checks from someone in Smith Hall, forging the signature and cashing two checks, Johnson said.

Schultz already had succeeded in cashing two forged checks, stealing more than $1,200, Johnson said.

The report did not specify the amount of the check Schultz was trying to cash, but Johnson said he had an additional forged check for $350.

Schultz was booked in Hennepin County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

DWI charge
A University student was charged with fourth degree drunken driving Sunday.

As an officer was waiting in her squad car for a tow truck on an earlier DWI stop, Jestin Hulegaard pulled up behind her and stopped for a little more than a minute, Johnson said.

The officer went to speak to him and noticed his eyes were bloodshot, he smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred, Johnson said.

When the officer asked Hulegaard why he had stopped behind her, he said that he didn’t realize he could go around her car, Johnson said.

Hulegaard admitted to having a couple of drinks, according to the report.

A breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.14 percent, according to the police report. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.