November 1, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 34

Halloween party turns dangerous

One of Petersburg’s Halloween contest festivities was called to an early halt as police evacuated Kito’s Kave Saturday evening.

Officers responded to the report of an individual armed with a firearm heading downtown and threatening to kill people.

Derek Knudsen, 24, allegedly left his home with a loaded weapon with the plan of killing police, his girlfriend and anyone else that may be in his path.

“We knew there was a big possibility that he would be headed back to the bar,” Petersburg Police Chief Jim Agner said. “We wanted to make sure that we kept the people as safe as possible.”

The evacuation began at approximately 1 a.m. and Knudsen was arrested shortly thereafter. He has been charged with domestic violence assault and misconduct involving weapons.

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