A Minnesota man was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court earlier this month with police battery after he injured a River Falls officer and temporarily blinded him.
Ryan A. Kryzer, 34, Forest Lake, was also charged with resisting an officer. The police battery is a Class H felony that brings a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or six years prison, if found guilty. The resisting charge is a misdemeanor.
The criminal complaint is alleging that on Aug. 13, officer Ryan Miller was responding to a call that two males had been trespassing at a house on Vine St., in the city of River Falls. En route, he saw two individuals, one who was identified as Kryzer, and a friend, walking south on Main St., approaching Park St.
Miller, in his report, said he made contact with the individuals, and both denied being at that residence. They did later say that they went to a house to use the bathroom, but never went inside.
Miller was joined at the scene by fellow officer Jennifer Knutson, and he said in his report that the officers decided to get the two males on their way home. The individuals stated that both were from the halfway house and were walking back there.
For more please read the Aug. 26 print version of the Herald.