After nearly a two-week search, a Princeton man is in custody after making threats against his family and church. The man’s
son, who was also on the lam, is in custody for getting in the way of an emergency phone call.
Robert Earl Paulson Jr., 36, of 7625 E. Highway 95, was charged April 4 with a felony count of making terroristic threats and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault. Paulson’s son, Robert Earl Paulson III, age 22, faces a gross misdemeanor charge of
interfering with the making of a 911 call.
The father-son team were wanted on warrants until being taken into custody Monday night.
Both were booked into the Mille Lacs County Jail and were to appear in court Tuesday when bail hearings were scheduled.
Mille Lacs County deputies were called to New Life Church on April 3 to take a threats complaint. Members of Paulson Jr.’s family had been threatened a day earlier and were scared to go home.
Paulson Jr. allegedly didn’t like members of his family attending New Life Church and threatened to “Shoot it up,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County District Court.
Paulson Jr. also allegedly whispered in his wife’s ear that he was going to kill her.
According to the criminal complaint, Paulson Jr. took money from a safe and told his family he was leaving.
The complaint states that Paulson III grabbed a telephone in the residence while a 911 call was being made. He took the phone and threw it. The complaint also states that Paulson Jr. directed Paulson III to kill the rest of the family with a silver handgun he had in his possession after Paulson Jr. left the residence.
If convicted of making terroristic threats, Paulson Jr. could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The domestic assault charge carries a sentence of 90 days and a $1,000 fine.
Paulson III faces a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine if convicted of interfering with the emergency phone call.