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Man Sentenced for Assaulting Woodbury Police Officer

Alexander Steven Alfveby, 24, pleaded guilty on Jan. 2 to a gross misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault of a police officer.

Police lights. Credit: Patch
Police lights. Credit: Patch

A St. Paul man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to assaulting a Woodbury police officer in July.

Alexander Steven Alfveby, 24, was charged in August with felony fourth-degree assault of a police officer. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 2 to a gross misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault of a police officer.

According to the criminal complaint, a Woodbury police officer on patrol near Tamarack Road and Parkside Drive just after midnight on July 4 spotted a car parked in a traffic lane, with a woman walking nearby.

The officer questioned the woman and the male driver of the car, who said they were Alfveby’s parents. They said they were looking for him because he had walked away from their residence and was upset.

Alfveby’s mother found him in the parking lot of Footprints Academy. Alfveby was shirtless and was sitting on a small rock embankment, holding his head in his hands, visibly upset and crying, according to the complaint.

When Alfveby stood up and tried to walk up the embankment, he stumbled and fell. The officer helped him up, and noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Alfveby.

Alfveby told officers that he was under “a lot of stress” and was upset. Police released him to the custody of his parents, who said they would take him home.

A few minutes after Alfveby left with his parents, the officers heard yelling coming from a nearby home in the 9200 block of Parkside Drive and approached the house. Alfveby began walking toward one of the officers with his chest puffed out and his fists clenched, according to the complaint.

The officers ordered Alfveby to stop, but instead he charged one of the officers, punching him above the left eye. The other officer used his stun gun on Alfveby, who was continuing to fight with the officer, then arrested him.

Alfveby was sentenced to one year in jail, with 350 days stayed. He was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine, with all but $50 stayed, make restitution and graduate from high school. He was also placed on two years’ probation.

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