Corrected (see below). Two developments in what authorities are calling a last Wednesday about two miles north of Fridley in Coon Rapids:
- The victim, nine-year-old Amir Taylor of Minneapolis, has been upgraded from critical to serious condition at North Memorial Hospital.
That information is from a tweet late Monday by Cdr. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office.
Earlier Monday, Sommer released the following statement about the case:
On Friday, June 15th, Detectives from the Coon Rapids Police Department and Anoka County Sheriff’s Office conducted follow up on a number of leads that were generated after the media presented our plea for public assistance. One of the leads came from a body shop in downtown Minneapolis where a customer had presented a 1996 Chevy Z-71 Glossy Black Pickup truck and requested that specific area’s be repaired.
Detectives have taken that vehicle into impound and have served a search warrant upon the register owner. The Anoka County Crime Scene Unit has been conducting processing of the vehicle and has seized and number of items from the registered owners home. Processing of the vehicle and other items is ongoing. Forensic examination of certain items will take place; however, the results of these tests will take a number of weeks, at best, and will most likely take several months for all the results to be finalized.
At this point, we can’t conclusively say that any evidence exists that confirms the vehicle in our possession is the vehicle involved in the hit and run accident. It is too early in the forensic process for any results to be confirmed. The registered owner of the truck has denied any involvement in the incident.
Amir Taylor remains hospitalized at North Memorial. We are told he is breathing on his own, yet remains sedated.
Correction (Tuesday, 1:45 p.m.): An earlier version of this post said that an Andover man was in Anoka County Jail in relation to this incident, set to face felony charges Tuesday morning. That is not accurate. The jailed man is a suspect in another incident. Fridley Patch (specifically, local editor Chris Steller) regrets the error.