Nicholas Kraus, a Saint Paul man, is accused of killing a woman in Minneapolis by slamming his SUV into a demonstration. According to Minnesota court records, Kraus has a history of DWI and other traffic violation convictions.
Protesters detained Kraus at the location of the incident on June 13, 2021, and police took him into prison. According to officials, Deona Marie Erickson was slain and three others were injured.
This is Nicholas David Kraus, the domestic terrorist woman beater, who drove his vehicle into protesters in Minneapolis, killing Deona Marie.
SUV Driver Fatally Killed Deona Marie Erickson Full Details
Kraus has not been formally identified or charged by police or prosecutors, but his name was discovered in Hennepin County jail documents accessed by Heavy.
Kraus, a convicted felon with an 18-year criminal record that includes 18 distinct cases and arrests, could not be reached for comment by Heavy, and it was unclear whether he had retained a counsel to speak on his behalf.
The driver who killed Deona Marie was turned over to police by the protesters.
35 y/o Nicholas Kraus from St. Paul, has been charged with vehicular homicide, giving police false information, and driving with a suspended license (after numerous charges of driving while impaired). pic.twitter.com/Ij62Cc68Nx
According to a press statement from Minneapolis Police, Kraus is suspected of slamming his SUV into a parked car at 11:40 p.m. as protesters gathered near Lake Street and Girard Avenue to protest the police shooting murder of Winston Smith.
Erickson had positioned her car in a barricade to defend the demonstrators, according to her brother. Garrett Knajdek, Erickson’s brother, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the SUV hit her parked car and slammed into his sister, killing her.
The Minneapolis Police Department gave little details regarding the incident and stated that it is still under investigation. Erickson’s cause of death has not to be determined by the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office. According to her relatives, the 31-year-old mother is survived by her two young daughters.
Witnesses claimed Kraus accelerated as he approached a blockade protecting protesters and then attempted to flee his SUV after the fatal crash. In a statement, the Minneapolis Police Department said, “At 11:39 pm on Sunday evening, Minneapolis Police were monitoring a protest in the area of West Lake Street and Girard Avenue South when they observed, on camera, a vehicle traveling eastbound on Lake Street and drive into a group of protesters. Additional squads were called to the scene as were several ambulances. “
They added, “Protesters pulled the suspect from the vehicle and, from reports of witnesses, began to strike the driver. Officers arrived and took custody of the driver. Crime Lab personnel responded to document the scene and collect evidence. Homicide detectives are involved and working with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Traffic Investigative Unit. Preliminary investigation indicates that the use of drugs or alcohol by the driver may be a contributing factor in this crash.”
Witnesses questioned the police department’s claim that Kraus was dragged from his car by demonstrators, claiming that he departed the SUV on his own and attempted to flee the area before being apprehended and handed over to cops. Protesters also chastised the police and ambulance response times.
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