Thomas Evenstad arrested on terroristic threat charges - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Registered sex offender arrested after visiting sheriff's, governor's, prosecutor's homes

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EDINA, Minn. (KMSP) -

Thomas Evenstad is into a lot of things -- legalizing marijuana, what he calls "the Gulag of Minnesota's sex offender program," and proving his own innocence on a rape conviction from 16 years ago.

Wearing dark glasses, a rasta cap, and Bob Marley t-shirt, Evenstad raised a few eyebrows at the State Capitol. His rambling testimony last week at a hearing on cell phone tracking seemed to border on the paranoid.

Now, Evenstad is in jail. According to the charges, he threatened an assistant superintendent of the BCA at that hearing -- and he was just getting warmed up.

On Friday, he showed up at the governor's mansion and demanded to meet with Gov. Mark Dayton about medical marijuana. Later that afternoon, he appeared at Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek's home. The sheriff's wife said Evenstad's demeanor would "change quickly from calm to irate," as he claimed Stanek had somehow "ruined his life."

Ten minutes later, Evenstad was ringing the door bell of the prosecutor who put him in prison for 10 years for rape. Evenstad told the prosecutor's wife he was there to "let [the prosecutor] make things right."

Police eventually found Evenstad at this home in Edina, but that's a big problem too considering that Evenstad is a register predatory sex offender and he wasn't registered there.

Fox 9 News first spoke with Evenstad 16 years ago when he was charged with raping two women he met on phone chat lines. From his jail cell, he said he'd met 200 women that way. Ever since, Evenstad's been proclaiming his innocence, railing against police and prosecutors on Twitter and blogs.

Last week, Evenstad filed an incoherent federal lawsuit on behalf of medical marijuana users against President Obama and the Attorney General, complete with a cartoon.

Evenstad is a man of many obsessions, and has even claimed that he's a political prisoner in the past. This time, however, it seems his behavior, not his beliefs, have landed him back in jail.

Lately, Evenstad's been running a couple of businesses that revolve around legalizing marijuana, including cannabis tours to Colorado. He is now facing two felony charges of terroristic threats. 

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