Charge dismissed in Rochester bomb scare

Bomb Squad Arrives

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The man arrested after a bomb scare near the Crossroads Shopping Center is no longer being prosecuted.

47-year-old Scott Jason Vilinskis of Chanhassen was charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle after the incident on November 4, 2015.  Law enforcement received a call about lewd behavior in a suspicious vehicle but when an officer tried to stop the car, it drove away and was stopped at gunpoint between Outback Steakhouse and Home Federal Savings Bank along South Broadway.

A check of the car’s license plates found it was involved with a bomb threat at the Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport.

Vilinskis exited the vehicle and was arrested.  A bomb-sniffing dog was called in and reacted to the rear of the vehicle.  The St. Paul Bomb Squad was called to the scene but no explosives were found.

The Olmsted County Attorney’s Office says a judge ruled that while the charge against Vilinskis could be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, an examination showed he did not know what he was doing at the time of the bomb scare and is not competent to stand trial.  The case against Vilinskis was therefore dismissed due to mental illness, but he has not been committed for treatment.

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