On May 21, 2021 a Nobles County jury found Timothy Herman Stanley, Jr. guilty of one count of felony 5th degree drug possession, one misdemeanor count of fleeing a peace officer, and one misdemeanor count of obstructing legal process.
According to the criminal complaint, on October 8, 2020 Worthington police officers observed Stanley walking on Grand Avenue. Officers knew Stanley had a warrant for his arrest. Officers approached Stanley, who began to hide behind a roadside tree. Stanley had both of his hands reaching around his waistband and pockets. Based on prior contacts, officers were concerned that Stanley may be reaching for a weapon. Officers approached Stanley, who began to back away from the tree. Stanley was warned not to flee or a K9 police dog would be deployed. Stanley ran, with officers pursuing. Officers saw Stanley throw an object, later determined to be an open folding knife. Stanley continued to run, so officers deployed Mack, a K9 police dog. Mack caught up to Stanley, allowing officers to catch up to Stanley, taking him to the ground. While on the ground, Stanley did not follow instructions to put his hands behind his back, struggling with officers as they attempted to handcuff him. Stanley was eventually secured in handcuffs. Officers then searched the area and retraced Stanley’s flight. Officers located a pipe containing residue behind the large tree Stanley was hiding behind. The pipe residue field tested positive for methamphetamine.
The trial began on May 20th, 2021 at the Prairie Justice Center in Worthington, MN. Assistant Nobles County Attorney Kristi Meyeraan tried the case for the State of Minnesota. Officers from the Worthington Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension testified in this case. During an afternoon break, Stanley left the Prairie Justice Center and did not return. A warrant was issued for his arrest. On May 21, 2021 closing arguments were held in Stanley’s absence.
The jury deliberated for approximately 55 minutes before returning its guilty verdicts. Sentencing will be set when Stanley is located. The Nobles County Attorney’s Office thanks Ms. Meyeraan, the Worthington Police Department, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for their outstanding work on this case.
Stanley’s whereabouts are currently unknown. If you see him, do not confront him. Instead, you are urged to contact the Nobles County Law Enforcement Center at 507-295-5378.