Mix of guns, booze and meds leads to Roseau man's arrest
A Roseau County man was arrested for pulling a gun outside a bar in Roosevelt, Minn., about midnight Saturday. Eugene Skoglund, 45, was drinking in the Nite Hawk Bar and Grill when someone took away his car keys to keep him from driving after dri...
A Roseau County man was arrested for pulling a gun outside a bar in Roosevelt, Minn., about midnight Saturday.
Eugene Skoglund, 45, was drinking in the Nite Hawk Bar and Grill when someone took away his car keys to keep him from driving after drinking. Skoglund drew a handgun and demanded his keys, got them and drove off, according to Lake of the Woods County Sheriff Dallas Block.
A waitress at the Nite Hawk, which is in Lake of the Woods County next to the Roseau County line, said Skoglund had never been in the bar before.
But, she said, another waitress, who knew Skoglund was on medication and shouldn't be drinking, called his brother and sister. When his sister tried to keep him from driving away, that's when Skoglund brandished the gun, the waitress said.
No shots were fired and nobody was hurt.
Skoglund apparently decided to hide his handguns from expected law enforcement by placing them in rural mail boxes along his route back home, Block said.
His deputies, after contacting the Roseau County Sheriff's Office, went to Skoglund's home in rural Roseau and arrested him without incident within hours of the confrontation, Block said.
Skoglund spent a night in jail in Lake of the Woods County, charged with second-degree assault with a firearm. He was later transferred to a psychiatric unit at a Thief River Falls hospital where he remains.
The Roseau County Sheriff's Office asked residents to check their mail boxes for guns and, by Tuesday, two were found, Block said. No trial date has been set pending a mental health evaluation, he said.