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Arson and Sexual Assault: Recent Police Activity in Minnetonka

Ronald Gary Bailey was charged with one count of first degree arson for the Dec. 1 fire at his home on Victor Lane.

Information from the city of Minnetonka and Hennepin County:

  •  On December 1, police and fire units were dispatched to a structure fire in the 15100 block of Victor Lane. Responding fire units found a home engulfed in flames. On Dec. 13, the homeowner Ronald Gary Bailey, 49, was charged with one count of first degree arson, a felony, and one count of prohibited person in possession of a firearm, a gross misdemeanor. Bailey's bail was set at $100,000. He next appears in court on Jan. 14.
  • On December 8, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance report in the 4700 block of Clear Spring Road. On arrival, officers spoke to a male juvenile victim, his mother (who was a witness to the incident) and a male defendant. Officers learned a minor physical altercation occurred between the two after the victim was disrespectful towards the defendant. The defendant punched the victim several times and stated he would kill the juvenile. Officers did not observe any injuries but the victim indicated his head hurt and he was frightened. The defendant admitted to grabbing the victim’s head and driving his face into the snow. He also admitted to making a threatening verbal statement to the victim. On December 10, the defendant was charged with two felony counts of domestic assault due to previous domestic-related charges.
  • On December 11, officers responded to a report of a sexual assault in the 10500 block of Greenbrier Road. Officers learned a female was sexually assaulted while in the workout facility sauna. The female was able to identify the suspect as someone who lives in the same apartment complex. Officers viewed video surveillance of the area; the observed suspect matched the physical description provided by the victim. The suspect later admitted to performing sex acts against the victim’s will. On December 13, 2013, the suspect was charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, a felony.
  • On May 31, officers took a report from a business on a missing check in the amount of $6,036. The check had been issued to the business and subsequently deposited into a bank account not used, nor ever used, by the business. Further investigation revealed that a former employee, an independent contractor, had accepted the original check and deposited it into an account in her name. Two additional checks intended for the business had also been deposited into the former employee’s bank account. In total, $15,828 was stolen from the business. On December 6, the female suspect was charged with three counts of theft by swindle, all felonies.

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