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Army Veteran hit, dragged by hit-and-run driver
http://www.kare11.com/ ^ | Sep 17, 2013 | Jana Shortal

Posted on 09/17/2013 8:25:48 PM PDT by jonno

ROSEVILLE, Minn. - Sometimes, what happens in broad daylight is the most shocking.

Right in front of the Armed Forces recruiting station just after lunch on Tuesday, two Army war veterans, who are also recruiters, were walking toward the door in the crosswalk when the driver of a Jeep SUV hit them.

One of them, Travis Torgerson, was pinned under the SUV.

But the driver didn't stop, even though police say they are fairly certain he knew Torgerson was trapped underneath.

The driver literally dragged Torgerson, who was in full army uniform, more than a half a mile.

What's worse is what police say he did mid-way through.

"At one point the driver of the Jeep got out of the vehicle and physically kicked the individual underneath the vehicle," Roseville Police Lt. Lorne Rosand said.

At the 7 tenths of a mile point Torgerson was able to free himself and when police arrived they had to cut his uniform off his body to treat his injuries.

The suspect kept going and wound up at a Motel 6 around the corner.

Police say he demanded staff in the lobby call him a cab. They called police instead.

"Management said this individual was extremely nervous when the squad pulled in and immediately tried to hide himself, and when the squad passed he jetted out of the business," Rosand said.

Within minutes he was caught on foot and taken into custody. Police say he is a 52-year-old St. Paul man that has had numerous run ins with Roseville Police in the last few years.

Torgerson had surgery on his leg at HCMC late Tuesday night. His mother said he would recover from his injuries.

The other Army Veteran hit was not injured.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
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"At one point the driver of the Jeep got out of the vehicle and physically kicked the individual underneath the vehicle," Roseville Police Lt. Lorne Rosand said.

I'm baffled as to why a decent ID of the perp. was not provided.

1 posted on 09/17/2013 8:25:48 PM PDT by jonno
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To: jonno

It’s a mystery.


2 posted on 09/17/2013 8:27:37 PM PDT by stanne
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To: jonno

Somali?


3 posted on 09/17/2013 8:28:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Amish


4 posted on 09/17/2013 8:30:03 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: jonno; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty/Retiree Ping.

Stay safe out there.


5 posted on 09/17/2013 8:30:58 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: jonno

either black or an illegal alien...

illegal aliens get called “a Roseville man” eventhough they are really “a Mexico City man”


6 posted on 09/17/2013 8:31:57 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: jonno

You know why.
He is likely a Somali.


7 posted on 09/17/2013 8:32:02 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: jonno

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — Roseville police are trying to figure out why a man ran into two men with his car Tuesday, and then kept driving.

One of the men was dragged nearly three quarters of a mile.

It happened about 1:40 p.m. as the men walked back from lunch near the Roseville Shopping Center.

They were hit right in front of their U.S. Army recruiting office.

“I see them on a daily basis here,” said Marine recruiter Phi Sze, whose office right next door. “It’s a shock to hear something like this would happen.”

Sze was working when Staff Sgt. Michael Stroud and Sgt. First Class Travis Torgerson were walking back from lunch. The two were just feet from the front door when a Jeep Cherokee hit them going about 12 miles an hour. Stroud, 29, of Brooklyn Center, went over the Jeep’s hood, but is OK. Torgerson, 42, of Circle Pines, wasn’t as lucky.

Police say Torgerson’s right leg was caught in the undercarriage of the Jeep and was dragged nearly one mile before the vehicle finally stopped.

SNIP

Police say the driver, 52-year-old Enrico Darius Taylor of St. Paul, continued to drive even after he heard Torgerson’s pleas for help. He eventually ditched the vehicle near a Motel 6. Workers there became suspicious after he asked them to call for a cab. They called police.

Taylor, who has a lengthy criminal history, was later arrested at a nearby car dealership. Torgerson was rushed to HCMC and has two broken bones in his right leg. A man who served his country overseas, nearly killed feet from where he works.

“I’m disgusted by it,” Rosand said. “I think anyone would be. To know this individual continued to drive his vehicle knowing that there was another individual beneath his car.”

Torgerson has a wife and two children and is in satisfactory condition in the hospital. Stroud is married.

Taylor admitted to police that he knew he had struck two pedestrians and fled the scene. He said he panicked once he heard screaming, he stopped and attempted to pull the pedestrian from beneath his vehicle. That statement conflicts with the victim’s statement. In the last three years, Taylor has had eight contacts/arrests with the Roseville Police Department.

Most of Taylor’s arrests are associated with defrauding/swindling citizens by alleging car problems and seeking cash for repairs.

It’s likely Taylor may have been in the Best Buy or Dick’s Sporting Goods parking lot asking people for money alleging his car was in need of repair. If you had contact with him, call Roseville police at 651-792-7008.

Taylor was eventually booked at Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center for felony criminal vehicular injury.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/9318158-2-injured-in-roseville-hit-and-run-suspect-arrested/

Video with perp arrested.


8 posted on 09/17/2013 8:35:13 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: jonno

I am baffled why the fact that the guy was a veteran makes any difference?

I don’t care who or what the guy was that this happened too. There are times that the retaliatory justice system in Old Testament appeals to me. An eye for an eye and a dragged behind the jeep for a dragged behind the jeep.


9 posted on 09/17/2013 8:38:10 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Jet Jaguar

10 posted on 09/17/2013 8:40:14 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Thanks.


11 posted on 09/17/2013 8:41:37 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Fai Mao

They have to label everyone, gay, elderly, wealthy, poor etc.


12 posted on 09/17/2013 8:42:04 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Jet Jaguar

Thanks - that closes the loop...


13 posted on 09/17/2013 8:42:09 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: mylife

Looks just like Obama’s son. Cowardly bastard.


14 posted on 09/17/2013 8:42:19 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Tennessee Nana

Black and scruffy.


15 posted on 09/17/2013 8:42:29 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Fai Mao

Agreed


16 posted on 09/17/2013 8:42:46 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Jet Jaguar

It’s a younger pic of him, but that’s him.


17 posted on 09/17/2013 8:46:10 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: jonno

“even though police say they are fairly certain he knew Torgerson was trapped underneath”

as evidenced by the perp getting out of his vehicle and kicking the trapped man underneath...

geez, these cops are really quite sharp, aren’t they.


18 posted on 09/17/2013 8:52:22 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: mylife

What! No pictures of him as a 12 year old alter boy?


19 posted on 09/17/2013 8:55:15 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

nope.


20 posted on 09/17/2013 8:58:56 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

I guess they will show up during his trial. ;-)


21 posted on 09/17/2013 9:00:18 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: jonno

It became attempted murder when the suspect knew that someone was under the car and got out and kicked him back under it


22 posted on 09/17/2013 11:09:36 PM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: mylife

He’s homegrown Amish.


23 posted on 09/17/2013 11:13:38 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Fai Mao

gotta make sure a leg gets broken too.


24 posted on 09/17/2013 11:20:05 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: jonno

Questions for the Jeep SUV driver: Was it a case of black road rage or were you just getting in touch with your inner racist?


25 posted on 09/18/2013 12:24:47 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: jonno

Gee, I am sooooo SUE-priiized he has a long record!

26 posted on 09/18/2013 1:00:04 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: jonno

What kind of savage would do that to another, let alone a uniformed man?


27 posted on 09/18/2013 3:56:59 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Well, that explains why the description of the perp was so vague.


28 posted on 09/18/2013 4:14:23 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: PghBaldy

someone trying to dislodge the human jammed under his car so he could make a getaway

defense lawyers will argue he was trying to help the victim


29 posted on 09/18/2013 4:50:14 AM PDT by silverleaf (Going to war without the French is like going hunting without an accordion.)
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To: jonno

Why is there a door in the crosswalk?


30 posted on 09/18/2013 4:56:47 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: PghBaldy
What kind of savage would do that to another, let alone a uniformed man?

I think you're on to something!

31 posted on 09/18/2013 6:11:45 AM PDT by OldPossum
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