High-risk Albert Lea offender apprehended in St. Paul

Published 3:20 pm Friday, July 14, 2017

A high-risk Albert Lea predatory offender who is facing a felony charge in connection to a vehicle chase earlier this year in Albert Lea was apprehended Thursday in St. Paul.

Jabar Pedro Morarend

Jabar Pedro Morarend, 45, was taken into custody at 5 p.m. Thursday by St. Paul police on Sherburne Avenue, said Touray Stampley, a community service officer with Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.

A warrant was issued June 30 for Morarend, who was charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in April in connection with a short vehicle chase that ended near Halverson Elementary School. Methamphetamine and items related to a burglary were reportedly found. He reportedly failed to appear for his initial appearance on the charge in Freeborn County District Court.

Morarend is classified as a Level 3 offender — an offender with the highest risk of re-offending. He was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1998 in Rice County after he raped an adult woman who was a neighbor. He did so using force, threats and a knife to gain compliance and entered her home without permission.

Morarend was set to be taken back to Freeborn County on Friday.

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