Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Hearing on commitment is set to send her back to St. Peter state hospital until authorities deem her competent to stand trial.
The defendant known as Jane Doe is set to appear in Anoka County District Court Tuesday for a hearing to commit her to the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. Police identified her as Tammy Anquinette Thomas of Illinois after arresting her last summer in a vacant home along East River Road in Fridley. Prosecutors charged her with a variety of offenses, from trespassing to receiving stolen property and engaging in identity theft. Her refusal to cooperate with booking procedures—such as giving her name or allowing a booking photograph to be taken—led to a record stay in an Anoka County Jail holding cell. Her refusal to cooperate with psychological evaluation led to an earlier stint at the St. Peter hospital. Commitment would send her …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
More than six months since her arrest in a vacant Fridley home where police say she set up housekeeping, Tammy Thomas is back behind bars in Anoka. She has been at the MN Security Hospital in St. Peter since Nov. 21 for mental evaluation.
Tammy Anquinette Thomas has returned. The woman known as Jane Doe until police traced her identity from a fingerprint on a drinking glass is back in Anoka County Jail where she spent most of August through November—including a record-setting stretch in a holding cell because she wouldn't cooperate with booking procedures such as giving her name and posing for a mugshot. She wouldn't cooperate with a psychological evaluation either, so a judge ordered her to the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, MN, where staff could observe her behavior outside of the jail environment. She faces numerous charges, some for taking up residence in a vacant house along East River Road in Fridley that was undergoing renovation. Others relate to the …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Fourth-degree assault charge follows Tammy Thomas from Anoka County Jail to Minnesota Security Hospital.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Assault was on day Tammy Thomas appeared in court 'tied down like a dang maniac,' according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.
A new criminal complaint against Fridley's "Jane Doe" appears to give the backstory to her appearance in court on Sept. 26, 2012 "tied down like a dang maniac," in her words. The allegation that she scratched a jailer as he tried to handcuff her that day is the latest charge against the woman now known as Tammy Thomas. Her local legal odyssey began with her July 9, 2012 arrest in a vacant Fridley house where police said she had set up housekeeping. Her refusal to identify herself or to cooperate with fingerprinting, a booking photo or a psychological examination led to a record stay in a holding cell and an unusual pretrial transfer from jail to a state mental hospital. According to the fourth-degree assault charge filed Wednesday (click …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Judge took now-rare step in hopes authorities learn more about her competency to stand trial, the newspaper said. She hasn't cooperated with psychiatric evaluation at Anoka County Jail.
Jane Doe is moving to her third home in Minnesota. Since her July 9 arrest at a vacant house in Fridley, where prosecutors said she trespassed and set up housekeeping, the inmate known as Jane Doe because she wouldn't give her name has resided at Anoka County Jail. Now the woman authorities say is really Tammy Anquinette Thomas will live at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, MN, according to the Star Tribune. A judge ordered her moved there last week to give authorities a chance to observe her behavior outside of the jail environment, the newspaper said, so they can determine if she's competent to stand trial. She remains in Anoka County Jail as of Monday morning, according to the jail's online inmate roster. Read the full Star …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Judge Daniel O'Fallon cited Minnesota Supreme Court ruling in 2011 Bonga case.
Here is the 2011 Minnesota Supreme Court opinion in Bonga vs. the State of Minnesota that a judge relied on Wednesday in the case of Jane Doe—the woman Fridley police say they found June 9 hiding in a vacant house with a stolen car and ID theft materials, and who they have since identified as Tammy A. Thomas. Judge Daniel O'Fallon decided that a court-appointed psychologist—who has been unable to get the defendant's cooperation in evaluating her competency to stand trial—may have access to jail records that are normally private. In doing so, O'Fallon cited the state Supreme Court decision in the Bonga case.
Deputies had her strapped to a chair, the judge ruled a psychologist may see her jail records, and the defense attorney said fingerprints don't confirm her ID.
"I'm tied down like a dang maniac!" The woman who has refused to identify herself since her July 9 arrest in a vacant Fridley house made a dramatic entrance in an Anoka courtroom Wednesday, shouting as deputies pushed her forward in a wheeled restraint chair with straps holding her down. "My client wishes to be addressed as Jane Doe, not Tammy Thomas," public defender Jennifer Pradt told Judge Daniel O'Fallon. Pradt said fingerprint analysis had not confirmed her client's identity as Tammy Anquinette Thomas. Authorities have asserted the woman is Thomas since they lifted a fingerprint off a drinking glass in a holding cell where she spent an Anoka County Jail record of three weeks while refusing to cooperate with booking procedures. 'She'…
Prosecutors say Tammy Thomas stole SUV and debit card to shop at Wal-Mart in Tomah, WI. She makes her first court appearance related to those charges Thursday in Anoka.
The defendant formerly known as Jane Doe—who for weeks wouldn't give her fingerprints or show a jail photographer her face—has a Wednesday court date related to crimes that prosecutors say she committed in Wisconsin before setting up housekeeping in a vacant Fridley residence. It's the first court appearance for Tammy Anquinette Thomas on a charge in Anoka County of being a fugitive from justice in Monroe County, WI (see first PDF), where she faces five counts of motor-vehicle theft, identity theft and forgery (see second PDF, with alleged victim's name redacted). The hearing was originally set for Tuesday but was put off a day for reasons that aren't clear. Here, in reverse-chronological order, are Fridley Patch's posts on the case of …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Tammy Thomas trespassed during her stay there, prosecutors say. A pending deal would transfer the property—legally.
A purchase agreement is pending and a closing is set for the Fridley house where prosecutors say Tammy Thomas, formerly known as Jane Doe, set up housekeeping illegally. That's according to real estate agent Richard Bandimere of Keller Williams Classic Realty, who said Friday that to his knowledge Thomas did not make "lasting improvements" to the house. A "SOLD" sign on the corner of East River Road and Rice Creek Way NE indicates that Thomas' alleged escapades didn't hurt Bradley Olson and Gregory Olson's ability to sell the house they were fixing up. (They are the current property owners listed in Anoka County's online records.) According to the original criminal complaint against Thomas, a gas stove had been moved into the house from …
Friday, September 7, 2012
On MPR, Susan Gaertner praised Anoka County's 'measured approach' to Tammy Thomas' refusal to cooperate since her arrest in a vacant Fridley house.
Anoka County officials are striking the right balance with "Jane Doe," the woman who has refused to cooperate with jailers and judges since Fridley police arrested her July 9 for setting up housekeeping in a vacant Fridley house. That's according to former Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner, in an interview on Minnesota Public Radio late Friday afternoon about the case of the woman now known as Tammy Thomas. The court is doing "a really good job taking a measured approach" that respects the defendant's Constitutional rights, Gaertner told MPR. But with a judge again ordering a psychological examination after Thomas refused to cooperate, "The problem is: Now what?'" Gaertner said. Here is a transcript of the MPR interview with former …