Virginia man faces 3 felonies after arrest near Rock Ridge school

A Virginia man was charged Thursday with three felonies after he allegedly threw rocks at construction workers outside North Star Elementary on Tuesday.

Michael John Broker, 31, was ordered to be held on $50,000 bail Thursday by Sixth District Judge Andrew R. Peterson as prosecutors charged him with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, threats of violence with reckless disregard and fifth-degree drug possession.

He remained held at the St. Louis County Jail in Virginia.

Michael John Broker

According to court records, Virginia police responded to the North Star Elementary construction site around 11:35 a.m. Feb. 14, where a worker reported a man threw rocks at a construction, threatened him with a pipe and went toward a white trailer near a downtown hotel.

Officers located Broker walking toward a U-Haul truck, which he allegedly jumped into the back of and closed the door. After police forced the door open they placed Broker under arrest and allegedly found a small bag of methamphetamine and a pipe.

After interviewing the worker, according to court records, police learned that Broker appeared from alley behind the library and allegedly began screaming obscenities while throwing rocks at the crane. The worker told Broker to stop, but he reportedly continued yelling: “You’re a baby killer! You’re a baby killer! Is that what you’re into? I’m going to f*****g kill you!”

Broker then allegedly ran to a trailer and grabbed a large pipe, around 5 feet long, and approached the worker holding it with both hands, yelling “I”m going to kill you.”

He did not attempt to enter nearby Virginia High School, according to Rock Ridge Superintendent Dr. Noel Schmidt, who said the school would review its safety procedures.

Broker faces up to 17 years in prison and is due in court again Feb. 27 for a Rule 8 hearing.

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