Suspect had history of assault
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 13, 2001
Stabbing suspect Randall Romeo Caron, 31, shot by an Albert Lea Police officer Sunday night, has a record of another assault on the same victim three years ago.
Tuesday, November 13, 2001
Stabbing suspect Randall Romeo Caron, 31, shot by an Albert Lea Police officer Sunday night, has a record of another assault on the same victim three years ago. Meanwhile, the State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension continues its investigation on the shooting. But the ALPD remains confident that the reaction was appropriate.
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According to the investigation, Caron had a relationship with the victim, Annette Marie Lestrud, 32, for about five years. They had lived together until Lestrud moved in the Channel View apartments on Front Street with a 4-year-old daughter six months ago.
ALPD also confirmed that Caron was sentenced to 60 days in prison with a two-year stay by Freeborn County District Court in July 1998 for assaulting Lestrud. The sentence also ordered Caron to take a domestic abuse and intervention program.
Neighbors and friends of the victim say the relationship between Caron and Lestrud was undulating.
&uot;They were sometimes in good mood, sometimes very bad,&uot; a neighbor said. Caron frequently visited Lestrud’s apartment, often being very drunk, another neighbor added.
According to the investigation, Caron stabbed Lestrud while she was sleeping on a sofa in the living room. Friends who had come to visit Lestrud saw the crime through a window and called the police. When the ALPD officers arrived the scene, Caron jumped down to Front Street from an upstairs bedroom where the child was asleep and fled on foot. Lestrud was able to open the door for the friends before the police arrived.
Lestrud had multiple cuts on the arms and throat.