A former co-owner of an area tattoo shop was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly showed up to the shop and displayed a gun.
Rochester police were called around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to a tattoo shop in the 3100 block of Welner Drive Northeast by an employee reporting that a former co-owner of the shop had brandished a gun, Lt. Mike Sadauskis said.
The man, identified as 39-year-old Travis Lee Beckjorden, reportedly came to the shop looking for the current owner and left once told that the owner wasn’t there. The employee called police as well as the current owner’s girlfriend.
While police were preparing to respond, the current owner’s girlfriend called 911 to report that Beckjorden had just driven by her house twice and that she had taken her child to hide in the basement, Sadauskis said.
Police broadcasted vehicle information to area law enforcement. An Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle in the area of U.S. Highway 52 and 100th Street, Sgt. James Schueller said. The deputy followed the vehicle, waiting for additional squad cars, but was forced to confront Beckjorden after Beckjorden parked his vehicle at a business in the 800 block of White Pines Road in Pine Island and started to walk away, according to Schueller.
Beckjorden was arrested without incident. In his vehicle, deputies reportedly found two handguns and a pen with suspected methamphetamine residue.
Beckjorden may face charges of second-degree assault, terrorist threats, harassment/stalking with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a person with a previous conviction, fifth-degree controlled substance crime and possession of paraphernalia.