Albert Lea predatory offender arrested in St. Paul; Morarend facing felony in connection to car chase
Published 7:41 am Monday, July 17, 2017
A high-risk Albert Lea predatory offender who is facing a felony charge in connection to a vehicle chase earlier this year in Albert Lea was apprehended Thursday in St. Paul.
Jabar Pedro Morarend, 45, was taken into custody at 5 p.m. Thursday by St. Paul police on Sherburne Avenue, said Touray Stampley, a community service officer with Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.
A warrant was issued June 30 for Morarend, who was charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in April in connection with a short vehicle chase that ended near Halverson Elementary School. Methamphetamine and items related to a burglary were reportedly found. He reportedly failed to appear for his initial appearance on the charge in Freeborn County District Court.
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Morarend is classified as a Level 3 offender — an offender with the highest risk of re-offending. He was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1998 in Rice County after he raped an adult woman who was a neighbor. He did so using force, threats and a knife to gain compliance and entered her home without permission.
Morarend was set to be taken back to Freeborn County on Friday.