Rochester man pleads not guilty to threatening behavior

Edgar Barrientos
Edgar Barrientos

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A man accused of behaving in a threatening manner during a child custody exchange is pleading not guilty.

29-year-old Edgar Ulysses Barrientos of Rochester is facing felony counts of aggravated stalking, threats of violence and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence.

According to court records, a man told the Rochester Police Department that he was threatened with a gun when he went to pick up his children at a Rochester home on May 13.  The alleged victim says after he approached the home and questioned a woman there about a smell of marijuana coming from inside, Barrientos came to the door and took a handgun out of his waistband. Barrientos allegedly asked the man if he “had a problem” and pointed the gun at the ground, in the general direction of the alleged victim.

The man says he told Barrientos he did not have a problem and Barrientos reportedly responded that he just got out of prison and was not afraid to go back.  The criminal complaint says a third person calmed Barrientos down and the alleged victim left.

Barrientos was arrested on October 12 after he allegedly crashed his vehicle while trying to escape the Rochester Police Street Crimes Unit.  Officers said they found a loaded handgun on the driver’s seat, along with marijuana and methamphetamine.  Barrientos is also pleading not guilty to fleeing a peace officer, 5th degree drug possession and criminal vehicular operation from that incident.

His trial has been scheduled for February 13 in Olmsted County District Court.

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