A criminal complaint filed Thursday in Kandiyohi County has charged 31 year old Randy Travis Frederiks of Benson with five counts of various offenses.

On Monday, Frederiks was sleeping in a pickup truck on the side of the road near Willmar. Offering no license, Frederiks fled on foot while the officer was confirming information that his license was revoked and he had a prior drug conviction. He escaped into a cornfield, but was found a day and a half later and arrested.

A search of the truck he was driving found an explosive device that the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s described as stronger than a pipe bomb. The Minneapolis Bomb Squad was called in to detonate the device, which Frederiks claimed was a type of sparkler made from fireworks legally purchased in Minnesota. Officers also found evidence of methamphetamine and syringes in Frederiks’ vehicle.

Frederiks faces three felony counts for possessing an explosive device with a prior conviction and drug possession. He also faces misdemeanor charges of fleeing a peace officer on foot and possessing a syringe. The explosives charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years and/or $20,00 fine, while the felony drug charge has a maximum 5 years and/or a $10,000 fine. Frederiks is being held on $20,000 bail. His next court appearance will be September 26.


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