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Man arrested for 2003 Hudson robbery, Lake Elmo shooting

An Osceola man, Zachary Ryan Wiegand, 31, has been arrested for a shooting and carjacking (auto theft) in Lake Elmo and an armored truck robbery in Hudson in May 2003.

The announcement was made at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Washington County Sheriff Department in Stillwater. Sheriff William M. Hutton and Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen outlined the history of the incident and the events that led to Wiegand's arrest.

The incident began in Lake Elmo on May 28, 2003 when Wiegand allegedly attempted to hijack a vehicle driven by Julie Bever. She was shot two times, and when Janlyn Navarro stopped to assist Bever, she was threatened with a gun and her van was stolen.

The van showed up in Hudson on May 29, 2003 when an armored truck was robbed in the parking lot of the old Citizens State Bank on Crest View Drive. More than $200,000 was taken. The suspect escaped in the van which was discovered burning just off O'Keefe road near the St. Patrick Cemetery just minutes after the robbery.

The suspect apparently had another car at that location and was able to escape.

Hutton said the case went cold after 14 to 16 months.

Wiegand was linked to the crime after a traffic stop in Minneapolis May 5, 2008. Although Wiegand was not involved in the traffic stop, a gun found in the vehicle was linked to Wiegand through ballistics analysis.

He was arrested by Polk County authorities at his place of employment, A Wal Mart store in St. Croix Falls. Hutton said he confessed to the series of crimes during interrogation by Hudson Police Detective Jeff Knopps. Both Knopps and Detective Shawn Pettee were present at the news conference.

It is expected that he will be charged for the Minnesota crimes Friday and the Wisconsin crimes Monday or Tuesday. Wiegand is in the Washington County jail.

More details of the crime and the investigation can be found in the Oct. 16 edition of the Star-Observer.