Suspect turns himself in following extensive RVPD, SWAT search

Several Roseville police vehicles, an ambulance and the East Metro SWAT team were on the scene near the Residence Inn as officers searched the area for an at-large suspect June 27. The suspect, 20-year-old Khari Adams of St. Paul, turned himself in later that evening.

Khari Samuel Adams

Around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 27, the Roseville Police Department responded to reports of an armed at-large domestic assault suspect who had possibly entered a nearby business. After half a day’s worth of searching for the “armed and dangerous” man, the suspect turned himself in at the St. Paul Police Department.

Khari Samuel Adams, 20, of St. Paul allegedly physically assaulted his 19-year-old girlfriend and displayed a firearm around 11:30 a.m. June 27 in a hotel room at the Residence Inn in the 2900 block of Centre Pointe Drive in Roseville. It is unknown who notified police of the incident.

Lt. Lorne Rosand said the victim did not appear to have any injuries; she was transported to the Roseville police department for an interview.

Rosand said Adams and his girlfriend appeared to be living at the hotel after their home was damaged in a house fire. Another individual was in the room when police arrived; that individual knows Adams, but their relationship is unclear, Rosand said.

Adams allegedly fled through the hotel and may have attempted to gain entrance to nearby Symantec Software, which was eventually evacuated by management and cleared by the East Metro SWAT team.

Rosand said Adams approached an employee and asked to borrow his cell phone, which he used to call someone. It is currently unclear who he called and what they discussed.

Other nearby businesses, which include Eckroth Music and New Horizons Academy, were notified of the situation and several enacted lockdown procedures. Barbara Mekenye, executive director of the Cherrywood Pointe Assisted Living apartments just across the street on Cleveland Avenue, said residents were “very inquisitive” about the situation as several squad cars controlled traffic in the area.

Rosand added that the Residence Inn is “very quiet” as far as crime goes, and that there are “rarely any issues” there.

Adams was last seen walking south on a pathway that runs parallel to Interstate 35W. He turned himself into the custody of the St. Paul Police Department at 11:30 p.m. June 27, about 12 hours after the assault was reported.

Adams has a “lengthy” criminal history, Rosand said, and was wanted on a number of misdemeanor warrants, as well as being wanted by the Roseville Police Department for felony terroristic threats and domestic assault.

“The Roseville Police Department will present their case file to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office...for charging consideration,” a June 27 update from the city said.

Johanna Holub can be reached at or 651-748-7813. Follow her on Twitter@jholub news.


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