Rochester Man Found Competent to Face Kidnapping, Arson & Other Charges
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man has been deemed competent to stand trial on the list of charges stemming from a violent domestic incident last fall.
52-year-old Michael Drury is facing kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault, arson, burglary, and terroristic threats charges. He is currently being held in the Olmsted County jail on $300,000 bail.
Drury was arrested last October after he allegedly abducted his ex-girlfriend from a home in Rochester where she had been spending the night and forced her to drive to her residence in Pine Island. The criminal complaint alleges Drury punched the 44-year-old woman in the head while she was driving.
After arriving at her townhome, the woman told investigators that Drury threatened to kill her and "chop her up into little pieces." He also allegedly threatened to kill anyone else in the home before the woman managed to escape and call 911.
When Goodhue County deputies arrived at the scene, they found Drury inside the home. He eventually came outside after starting a fire in the townhome and was tasered by a deputy when he attempted to run back inside the residence.
The Pine Island Fire Department responded to the property to extinguish the fire, but according to police reports, the damage was severe and the townhome was declared a total loss.
Drury has now demanded a speedy trial, which means the proceedings must be scheduled to begin within the next 60 days.