Man charged for fighting with police, K9 after making death threats

An Otsego man May 6 allegedly fought with police and a K9 officer after threatening to kill multiple acquaintances at a Nowthen home.


Ivan Ivanovich Revenko

Ivan Ivanovich Revenko, 35, was arraigned May 9 in Anoka County District Court on five felony charges, including two counts of second-degree assault and one count each of fourth-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm to a public safety dog and obstructing legal process.


Bail was set at $200,000.

According to the criminal complaint, multiple police agencies responded to a Nowthen home the evening of May 6 because an adult man was threatening to kill multiple people with a large knife. Authorities found Revenko smoking outside and he matched the description given to dispatch.

Revenko allegedly pulled a large knife from under his coat and walked toward to officers. At one point he did throw the knife a short distance away, but still went after the officers and gave one Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputy a bloody nose, according to the complaint. Officers shot Revenko with a Taser multiple times, but it appeared to have no effect on him because he was wearing a leather jacket, said Lt. Paul Lenzmeier of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.


Anoka County Sheriff’s Office K9 officer Major


Deputy Cullen Czech released the sheriff’s department’s K9 officer Major, but Revenko choked the dog and broke his tooth, according to the complaint.

Officers were eventually able to subdue Revenko and arrest him.

A woman inside the Nowthen home allegedly told police that her family knows Revenko from a distant family relationship and that he had wanted to marry her years ago.

Revenko allegedly showed up at the home May 6 and made threats to kill her, her husband and her father.

He allegedly had a long knife and grabbed her at one point while threatening them; her father running around parked cars to avoid Revenko.