New date to be set in robbery, aggravated assault trial

A new trial date will be scheduled for a mother and a son charged with robbing a north Minot storage unit on Sept. 4, 2017, physically assaulting a 22-year-old woman and interfering when the woman and her 95-year-old grandmother tried to call 911.

Vaneica Ann Erickson, 46, and her son, Scott Ramon Parizek, 27, were set to go to trial on the aggravated assault and robbery charges on Monday, but a mistrial was declared after Erickson was injured in an automobile accident Tuesday, according to court documents. Erickson was prescribed medication that might have made it difficult for her to understand the proceedings and Parizek didn’t want to continue the trial on his own, according to court documents.

Both have proclaimed their innocence. Erickson’s lawyer had notified the court that his client planned to present an alternative version of events and argue that her actions were in self defense or in defense of others.

Erickson and Parizek are charged with one count each of Class B felony robbery and Class C felony interference with an emergency phone call. Parizek is charged with Class C felony aggravated assault and his mother is charged with Class C felony accomplice to aggravated assault.

– Andrea Johnson