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Moose arraigned on 11 felony counts from terror spree


Fri, May 30th, 2003
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Fillmore County Sheriffs Deputy Phil Whitaker escorts Floyd George Moose of Chatfield into the Fillmore County Courthouse for his arraignment on 11 felony charges on Tuesday. Bail was set at $150,000 with conditions or $250,000 without.

Floyd George Moose, 39, Chatfield, was arraigned in Fillmore County District Court in Preston on Tuesday, May 28 on 11 felony counts, including second degree attempted murder, first degree arson, and several counts of attempted kidnapping, aggravated robbery and assault stemming from an incident that terrorized much of the city of Chatfield on Friday March 23.

Judge Robert Benson set bail for Moose at $150,000 with conditions or $250,000 without.

According to the criminal complaint, Moose was reported to have entered the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield the morning of Friday, May 23, armed with a gun, where he proceeded to hold an employee, Kate Boelter hostage. When Boelters keys set off an alarm at one of the exits, the defendant fled.

It is alleged that Moose then grabbed another employee, Mychelle Henke, in the parking lot and put a gun to her head. When the defendant realized Henke did not have any car keys, he let her go. When another employee, Tammy Brown, exited the building to see what was going on, Moose reportedly pointed a gun at her head.

Moose fled northeast behind a row of houses and it was reported that the defendant tried to gain entry into several houses. He eventually hid inside the garage of a house belonging to Bill and Jennifer Collett in the Conway Addition. The defendant then allegedly started a fire in the house that caused extensive damage.

When the defendant was later ordered out of the garage, he exited carrying two handguns. He was then taken into custody.

According to the criminal complaint, prior to the Chosen Valley Care Center incident, Moose is reported to have pointed a gun at Tom Jeffers, a landscaper who was doing an estimate at a residence near the care center. Moose allegedly ordered Jeffers to walk to his vehicle, then pointed a handgun at Jeffers head and pulled the trigger, which then misfired. Jeffers then fled in his vehicle and alerted the authorities.

Law enforcement officials retrieved two handguns. One gun was a Smith and Wesson .38 special revolver that had two rounds in it. One of the rounds had a firing pin indentation in the primer showing that it had been struck by the hammer, but did not fire.

Moose faces one count of attempted murder in the second degree for reportedly pointing a loaded handgun at Jeffers and pulling the trigger. He also faces one count of arson in the first degree for allegedly starting the fire in the Collett home. Other charges include two counts of attempted kidnapping; two counts of aggravated robbery in the first degree, two counts of burglary in the first degree, three counts of assault in the second degree - dangerous weapon.

Law enforcement officials from several communities and jurisdictions assisted the Chatfield Police on May 23.

Moose is being held in the Fillmore County Jail. He has a previous felony conviction that dates back to May 8, 2001 from LeSueur County.

Moose is scheduled to appear in Fillmore County District Court on June 9. Mooses court appointed attorney is Fred Suhler, Jr. of Rochester.

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