According to law enforcement in Anoka and Washington County, Justin Joseph Cardinal went on quite the rampage the morning of November 20.
First, the Washington County Attorney says Cardinal, 33, shot one of his roommates in the back of the head with a crossbow and hit him in the face with a pickaxe. Several hours later, the Anoka County Sheriff says, Cardinal drove into a ditch and hit a female passenger in the head with a hammer. See also: No Charges Filed Yet in Vicious Maplewood Bar Assault
According to charges brought by the Washington County attorney:
A man identified as JBC, who owns the Forest Lake house Cardinal was staying in, refused to lend his car to Cardinal and his female companion because neither were in any condition to drive. Sometime between 5 and 6 in the morning JBC went to get a beer and saw Cardinal holding a backpack, a pickaxe, and a small handheld crossbow.
A little later JBC felt a sharp pain in the back of his head and realized he had been shot with a crossbow dart. JBC approached Cardinal and Cardinal hit him in the left side of the face with a pickaxe.
When Forest Lake police arrived Cardinal had already left and JBC had a black eye, facial swelling, and blood on his cheekbone.
According to the Anoka County sheriff, Cardinal was spotted around 7 a.m. after driving into the ditch on Camp Three Road in Columbus. A witness reported Cardinal hit a female passenger in the head with a hammer and fled into nearby woods on foot.
The female victim suffered non-critical injuries and was transported to Regions Hospital.
The Lino Lakes Police Department caught Cardinal after searching for several hours. Cardinal was not dressed for the frigid weather and was evaluated for frostbite before being shipped to Anoka County Jail. He has not been charged by the Anoka County attorney yet.
The Washington County attorney charged him with 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and he's being held on $300,000 bail.
Cardinal has a lengthy criminal past, including convictions for assault, robbery, and drug possession.