Emmanuel Ruelas Rascon, 20, Chaska, was charged Jan. 17 with one felony count of receiving stolen property and one misdemeanor count of giving a peace officer a false name.
Melanie Kay Busch Huss, 20, St. Louis Park, was charged Jan. 17 with one felony count of receiving stolen property, one gross misdemeanor count of giving an officer the name of another person and one misdemeanor count of driving after revocation.
Christel Marya Belardi, 29, St. Paul, was charged Jan. 17 with one felony count of receiving stolen property.
On Jan. 16, a Minnesota trooper responded to a one-vehicle accident on Highway 10 in Morrison County. Rascon, Huss and Belardi were occupants in the vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint, Rascon told the officer his name was Javier Rascon with a birth date of March 26, 1992, and Huss told the officer her name was Paige Kay Huss with a birth date of Feb. 15, 1996.
The trooper later learned the names were false.
Huss said she was driving, lost control of the vehicle and slid into the ditch. The trooper called for a tow truck and transported the three people to Little Falls.
Later, the trooper learned the vehicle had been stolen from Polk County. He located Rascon, Huss and Belardi and placed them under arrest for being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
In a taped statement, Belardi allegedly admitted taking the vehicle, saying it was Rascon’s idea. She also said Rascon was the primary driver and that the vehicle was used to transport drugs and commit other crimes.
According to the criminal complaint, Huss and Rascon refused to give statements.
If convicted, Rascon, Huss and Belardi each face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.