Big Joe Gustafson, the former Hell's Angel who ran a north Minneapolis crime ring for years, has just been thrown in jail.
Gustafson turned himself in to Hennepin County Jail at 11:05 p.m. last night. He is charged with seven felonies: racketeering, kidnapping, making terroristic threats, aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, and arson. Gustafson had been on the lam, but Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies caught up with him. Bail was set at $2 million.[jump]
The arrest marks the culmination of a multi-year police investigation into Gustafson's criminal activities. Last February, we told the story of the Gustafson family's long and notorious history on the North Side in our cover story, Fallen Angel.
In the year and a half since then, Gustafson and his son and several of their associates have been charged with many crimes. Here's the mugshot from Gustafson's turn-in of himself last night:
Gustafson is scheduled to appear in Hennepin County court today at 1:30 p.m.