Levi Parizek, Minot, charged with possession of stolen property

Levi Kevin Parizek, 20, Minot, is accused of being in possession of a 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor, valued at $73,000, that was stolen from Westlie Motors on Thursday.

He is charged with a Class A felony in district court in Minot.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court by Andrew Mehlhoff of the Minot Police Department, Mehlhoff located the vehicle, with no license plates, sitting at the gas pump at the North Broadway Cenex on Thursday. Parizek was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Mehlhoff ordered Parizek to get out of the vehicle, but Parizek drove off and continued at a high rate of speed. Mehlhoff lost sight of the vehicle. A Westlie Motors employee contacted the police department later and said he had located the stolen vehicle in the 1100 block of Fifth Street SW. Other items were located inside the vehicle. Mehlhoff took pictures and released the vehicle to Westlie Motors. Mehlhoff remained in the area, thinking Parizek might return to the area to collect his things. A few minutes later, Parizek and another man walked toward the area where the truck had been recovered. Mehlhoff ordered Parizek and the other man to get on their knees. They complied but then both men got up and ran. Parizek ran north and the other man ran east. Mehlhoff chased Parizek through yards. In the 400 block of 11th Avenue SW, a resident in the backyard of an apartment complex saw Parizek running, made eye contact with Mehlhoff and Mehlhoff nodded at him, giving the OK to assist. The man and Mehlhoff tackled Parizek to the ground and Mehlhoff handcuffed him. Parizek was searched. In his possession were checks and identification, all in names not belonging to him.

Parizek is also charged with refusal to halt, a Class B misdemeanor. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant.

He was scheduled to make an initial appearance in district court in Minot on Friday before Judge Stacy Louser.