Former La Crescent Council member arrested for bomb threats

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WKBT) — A former La Crescent Common Council member was arrested in California after he threatened to blow up the Houston County courthouse last month, according to a press release from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

Brian Krenz


Brian J. Krenz, 36, La Crescent, called the Houston County Criminal Justice Center building in Caledonia on Aug. 5 and claimed he was going to come to the courthouse and plant a bomb, according to a criminal complaint filed in Houston County Circuit Court. He also threatened to blow up the city of La Crescent and Houston County as a whole, saying he would leave them “in ruins.”

Krenz is also accused of calling a Houston County Economic Development Administration employee and left a threatening voicemail, saying it was “incredibly easy” to get into her office building.

“Did you know that it is incredibly easy to sneak into a building such as yours with a weapon, and very, very patiently wait for your next victim to step outside their office, and then you just strangle them without anybody noticing?” Krenz said in the voicemail, according to the complaint. “It is one of the most exhilarating experiences a human being can have, taking the life of a state employee, county employee, especially when they know how corrupt that county is,” he said.

He went on to say the economic development employees were easy targets and “You might want to bring a rape whistle with you,” according to the complaint.

He is also awaiting a jury trial for misdemeanor harassment charges for leaving a threatening voicemail at the Houston County Sheriff’s Department, according to the criminal complaint.

Krenz was arrested in California. No details on his arrest were released Friday. He is being held on a $250,000 unconditional bail and $100,000 conditional bail.

Krenz served on the La Crescent City Council from 2014 to October 2019, when he was removed after missing 10 meetings in a row, according to city records.

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