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Rosemount man charged after standoff with police

Timothy Nelson threatened to "take out" his neighbors.

A Rosemount man faces felony terroristic threat charges after a standoff with police Saturday night. Community resources officer Beth Richtsmeier said the Dakota Communication Center received a call at 8:45 p.m. Jan. 12 from a man saying he had several weapons and planned to "take out his neighbors."

Negotiators talked with Timothy Richard Nelson for two hours at a home on the 3200 block of Coleshire Path before he finally surrendered. Richtsmeier said a search of the home turned up no weapons. There was no one else in the home at the time of the incident.

Richtsmeier said police took the threat seriously and set up a command center. Apple Valley, Eagan, Bloomington and Burnsville police departments responded as well as the Dakota County MAAG team.

"We took all the precautions we could to reduce risks," said Richtsmeier.

Police used the Dakota Communications Notification system to contact residents in the area of the incident. The message alerted them to stay in their homes, and to turn off their lights. Richtsmeier said 320 people were contacted through the system.

"It's a quick and easy way to send out information. It's such a great tool," said Richtsmeier.

She encouraged residents to sign up for the notifications if they haven't. To sign up visit the DCC website at and click on the Community Notification tab.

Richtsmeier said police have had prior contact with Nelson but none resulted in charges. Nelson will have his first court appearance at noon Jan. 15.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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