Gun brandished in road-rage incident

Daniel Wilson
Daniel Wilson
Evan Anderson
Evan Anderson

A 22-year-old male feared for his safety Christmas night as two assailants tracked his vehicle through the Foreston area and threatened him with a handgun.
Two Milaca men have been charged with making terroristic threats in connection with the Dec. 25, 2014, incident. Evan William Anderson, 27, and Daniel James Wilson, 31, are each facing felony counts in Mille Lacs County District Court. Wilson also faces one count of possessing a pistol in a public place without a permit, which is a gross misdemeanor. The suspects face a maximum sentence of five years in prison if convicted.
The victim told authorities that he was driving on Highway 23 between Milaca and Foreston when the situation started to unravel. A white Chevrolet pickup truck was driving in front of him and a Saturn was driving behind him. The two vehicles had the victim boxed in.
The victim turned off at Foreston. The pickup was stopped at a stop sign near the Foreston Liquor Store. The driver of the truck exited from his vehicle, approached the victim, and accused him of following the suspects.
The driver of the Saturn then shined a flashlight at the victim. That’s when the victim decided to drive away and head back onto Highway 23.
But he was followed by Anderson and Wilson, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County District Court.
The victim turned northwest of Foreston on 130th Street, aka County Road 14 or the Gilman Road. The pickup followed. The victim turned onto another road. The pickup continued to follow. The victim stated that the Saturn then appeared and the two vehicles boxed him in, forcing the victim to pull over.
According to the complaint, the driver of the pickup approached the victim and again accused him of following the suspect. The pickup driver allegedly said, “You better watch what you say because my friend has a .40,” the complaint states. The victim looked into his side mirror and observed the driver of the Saturn approaching with a black pistol in his hand. Upon seeing the pistol, the victim drove away, the complaint states. Anderson and Wilson once again followed the victim, who lost his assailants after turning off his headlights.
A Mille Lacs County deputy, who recognized the description of the pickup as being associated with Anderson, went to an apartment building on First Street in Foreston and was told that Anderson and Wilson were inside an apartment there.
The two were directed to exit the apartment, at which time they were detained. A search of Wilson revealed an empty gun holster and a flashlight, the complaint states. Wilson told the deputy the gun was on a bed inside the apartment.
During a consent search of the apartment, a handgun and magazine were located in the tank of a toilet. The chamber of the gun was loaded. Multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia were also found in the apartment, the complaint states.
Wilson and Anderson were taken into custody and booked into the Mille Lacs County Jail.
Both Wilson and Anderson were granted public defenders. Wilson was scheduled to appear for an omnibus hearing on Jan. 7 and Anderson has an omnibus hearing set for Jan. 29.