Charges: Man said Trump told him to steal vehicle

Jesse Pepper Mugshot

(Mankato, MN) – A man who allegedly drove off in a vehicle without permission told police that President Trump told him to do it.

According to the criminal complaint, 38-year-old Jesse Allen Pepper, no known address was located in the 500 block of North 4th Street in Mankato after police received a complaint about the stolen vehicle on October 16.

The owners told police the vehicle had been running in the alley behind their home to recharge the battery. They briefly went into the house, and the vehicle was gone when they came back outside.  While phoning 911, Pepper returned with the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Police say during the arrest, Pepper said he could smell radiation, and wanted to cover his nose and mouth.  Pepper also made comments that an atomic bomb was being set off in Texas, and that President Trump had told him to take the vehicle.

A pipe found in Pepper’s pocket tested positive for meth, according to court documents.

Pepper is charged in Blue Earth County court with felony counts of drug possession and theft – taking a motor vehicle without owner consent.

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