Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Tammy Thomas was set to appear before a judge Tuesday, but it didn't happen that way.
The saga of Fridley's "Jane Doe" continued not to go as expected Tuesday. Tammy Thomas—arrested in a house on Rice Creek Way NE in Fridley July 9—had a court hearing in Anoka Tuesday afternoon. In a case in which nothing has gone according to normal procedure, what happened Tuesday was ... nothing. After an hour of other defendants' appearances on charges from heroin possession to buying a soundboard stolen from a church, Judge Daniel O'Fallon's docket was empty and a pair of reporters were the only people remaining in the gallery. That's despite a court employee confirming Monday that Thomas' hearing was set for Tuesday. Thomas' name continued to flash on electronic schedule boards in Anoka County Courthouse corridors Tuesday afternoon. …
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 …
A judge again ordered Tammy Thomas to undergo psychological evaluation, the Star Tribune reported.
Tammy Thomas, the woman first known as "Jane Doe" who authorities say moved into a vacant Fridley house with a stolen car and ID-theft materials, continued to rebuff efforts to evaluate her psychological state Thursday, according to the Star Tribune. The newspaper reported on her latest hearing at the Anoka County courthouse: During a hearing on Thursday, she finally acknowledged to Judge Jenny Walker Jasper that her name is Tammy Thomas, but she gave no indication she would cooperate on a competency evaluation. Near the start of the hearing, Walker Jasper asked public defender Jennifer Pradt to speak with Thomas again to see if she would be willing to talk to a psychologist. They went to a conference room, and Pradt returned a minute …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
From shooting stars to an 80 mph chase.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
She agreed at a Wednesday evening court hearing to cooperate in an evaluation scheduled for Monday.
Fridley’s close-lipped inmate, “Jane Doe,” made a brief appearance in Anoka County Court this afternoon for a hearing related to the question of whether she is psychiatrically competent to stand trial. At her first appearance in court, Jane Doe identified herself both as a 2-year-old child and the child’s mother. Anoka County authorities discovered her real name, Tammy Thomas, on July 27—but not before her refusal to cooperate with police won her the Anoka County Jail record for longest holding-cell stay. Thomas faces three counts of ID theft, and one count each of trespassing and receiving stolen property, after Fridley police caught her July 9 in a vacant house on Rice Creek Way NE where they said she had draped the windows, hung a …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
She now appears with photo and name 'Tammy Anquinette Thomas' at jail's online roster.
Jane Doe, the woman who wouldn't give authorities her real name or allow jailers to take her photo or fingerprints, has relented after more than three weeks. "She did go through the booking process yesterday at about 12:30 p.m.," Fridley Police Lt. Mike Monsrud said Thursday. "She allowed them to take her photo and fingerprints, but that was about it." The Anoka County Jail online inmate roster for the first time shows her in a pair of booking photos. Her listed name changed from Jane Doe to Tammy Antoinette Thomas last week after police were able to use fingerprints from drinking glasses in jail to trace her to arrest records in DuPage County, IL, just west of Chicago. According to information in those records, Thomas spent her birthday …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Tammy Antoinette Thomas won't let Anoka County jailers take her picture or fingerprints, but Fridley police found both on file in Warrenville, IL.
Here are two past mugshots of "Jane Doe," now identified as Tammy Antoinette Thomas—the woman who has refused for three weeks to give Anoka County and Fridley authorities her real name or let them take fingerprints or a booking photo. The photos come from the Warrenville (IL) Police Department. Warrenville, a city west of Chicago, is listed as Thomas' hometown in local arrest records dated June 13, 2011. That's approximately where Fridley police had theorized she might have come from—working backwards from the vacant house in Fridley where they arrested her July 10, 2012, through a series of Wisconsin cities that appeared to trace a route from the Chicago-Gary, IN area. Fingerprints and Photographs But it wasn't the a less-than-ideal photo…
Monday, July 30, 2012
Criminal complaint now bears what Anoka County authorities say is her real name: Tammy Antoinette Thomas.
Here is the amended criminal complaint originally called "Jane Doe" because she wouldn't give law enforcement or the court her real name. It includes new identity-theft charges based on other people's paperwork that police said was in the vacant Fridley house where they caught her July 10, 2012. More:
Fingerprints from jail drinking glasses helped authorities ID her as Tammy Antoinette Thomas.
The woman known as "Jane Doe" because she wouldn't give her real name after her arrest in Fridley three weeks ago now holds the record for longest holding-cell stay at Anoka County Jail, according to Lt. Paul Lenzmeier of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office. "She just beat the record," Lenzmeier said Monday. The woman has yet to be booked into the jail. She remains in a holding cell because she refuses to cooperate with procedures such as allowing jail staff to take her fingerprints or a booking photo. That hasn't changed since last week, when Anoka County authorities identified her as Tammy Antoinette Thomas, age 37. Read the amended criminal complaint that names her and adds three counts of identity theft to previous charges. "The odd …