Trial on robbery, assault charges ends in mistrial

A trial for a mother and son charged with robbery and aggravated assault ended in mistrial this week, according to Ashley Gulke, an attorney for defendant Scott Parizek.

Vaneica Ann Erickson, 46, and her son, Scott Ramon Parizek, 27, are accused of 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.

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 for allegedly stomping on the woman’s head and causing her to black out and his mother is charged with Class C felony accomplice to aggravated assault for allegedly sitting on the young woman while her son was kicking her.

The case was set to go to trial on Monday. No new trial date is listed on the North Dakota Courts site.

– Andrea Johnson