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Who is Nicholas Kraus (SUV Driver Accused of Killing Minneapolis Protester) Biography, Wiki, Age, Net Worth, Family, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

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Nicholas Kraus Biography, Wiki, Age

Nicholas Kraus is a Saint Paul man accused of killing a woman by plowing his SUV into a protest in Minneapolis. Kraus has several previous DWI and other traffic offense convictions, according to Minnesota court records. The 35-year-old Kraus was detained by protesters at the scene of the June 13, 2021, incident, and taken into custody by police. Deona Marie Erickson was killed and three other people were injured, police said.

How Old is Nicholas Kraus?

He is 35 years old.

Nicholas Kraus Identified and Charged

Kraus has not been formally identified or charged by police and prosecutors, but Hennepin County jail records viewed by media revealed his name.

Nicholas Kraus Crime Record

Kraus, a convicted felon who has a criminal record dating back to 2004, including 18 different cases and arrests, could not be reached for comment by Heavy and it was not immediately clear if he has hired an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Nicholas Kraus Accused

Kraus is accused of ramming his SUV into a parked car about 11:40 p.m. as people gathered at Lake Street and Girard Avenue to protest the police shooting death of Winston Smith, according to a press release from Minneapolis Police.

Deona Marie Knajdek Erickson Death

According to Erickson’s brother, she had parked her car in a barricade to protect the protesters. Erickson’s brother, Garrett Knajdek, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune the SUV hit her parked car and sent the vehicle into his sister, causing fatal injuries. The Minneapolis Police Department released few details about the incident and said an investigation is ongoing. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office has not yet released Erickson’s cause of death. The 31-year-old woman is survived by her two young daughters, her family says.


The Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement, “At 11:39 pm on Sunday evening, Minneapolis Police were monitoring a protest in the area of West Lake Street and Girard Avenue South when they observed, on camera, a vehicle traveling eastbound on Lake Street and drive into a group of protesters. Additional squads were called to the scene as were several ambulances. Protesters pulled the suspect from the vehicle and, from reports of witnesses, began to strike the driver. Officers arrived and took custody of the driver. Crime Lab personnel responded to document the scene and collect evidence. Homicide detectives are involved and working with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Traffic Investigative Unit. Preliminary investigation indicates that the use of drugs or alcohol by the driver may be a contributing factor in this crash.”

Witnesses disputed the police department’s statement that Kraus was pulled from the car by protesters, saying he exited the SUV on his own and tried to flee from the scene before he was detained and turned over to police. Protesters also criticized the response time from police and ambulances.

A witness tweeted, “A protester got hit by a car and 10 squad cars showed up with cops in riot gear before a single ambulance. Street medics performed CPR and resuscitated her. Community apprehended the driver. Cops just showed up and threatened everyone with mace, arrests, and rubber bullets.”

Activist Aisha Chugtai tweeted, “In the immediate aftermath, street medics + protesters jumped into action—apprehending the driver and administering emergency first-aid. By contrast, an ambulance arrived long after police reinforcements in riot gear. The people took care of one another—the police did not.”

Witness Zachariah Hill-Smith told KSTP-TV, “He sped up and went like 80 miles an hour and he smacked the car so hard it flipped. And the guy jumped out and started running and everybody chased him and grabbed him. No one deserves to go out like that. No one. It hurts, it really, really does hurt a lot to see a good person die the way she died.”

Another witness, DJ Hooker, told Minnesota Public Radio, “A car came at us going like 70 or 80 miles an hour. There was one line of barriers and then a second barrier, and he sped up. He sped up. He went even faster as he approached us. You could hear it … start going even faster as he got close to us.” He said the SUV hit a parked car, and “The car went through the air and it hit a young woman.”

The Minneapolis Police said in its press release, “Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips may be submitted electronically at http://www.CrimeStoppersMN.org. All Tips are anonymous and persons providing information leading to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a financial reward.”

Nicholas Kraus Criminal History

Kraus has several driving while intoxicated and other traffic offenses on his criminal record in Minnesota dating back to 2007, according to online records viewed by Heavy. He was convicted of DWI twice in 2007, again in 2009, in 2012 and in 2016. A sixth DWI charge, in 2013, was dismissed as part of a careless driving plea. His 2012 and 2016 DWI charges were both felonies.

Kraus has also been convicted of speeding, driving with no proof of insurance, driving without a license and twice of driving with a canceled license. In 2018, he was sentenced to a year of probation and 10 days in the McLeod County jail after pleading guilty to driving with a canceled license. He was given credit for two days served and was allowed to serve the remainder of the jail time on weekends.
Kraus was wanted on a warrant for violating his probation stemming from his 2016 DWI arrest. He was sentenced in that felony case in 2017 to 244 days in jail, with credit for 244 days he had already served at the Anoka County Jail, along with a stayed prison sentence of seven years. He was placed on probation for seven years.

The probation violation was filed on November 10, 2020, and there is no record of him being arrested on that warrant. According to court documents, the violation accuses Kraus of failing to have no use of mood-altering chemicals, failure to have no use of alcohol, failure to complete a chemical dependency evaluation within 30 days, failure to follow all state and county laws and failure to complete 10 days of home electronic monitoring.

Nick Kraus has several other non-driving related arrests on his criminal record. He was convicted in 2004 of fifth-degree assault, in 2006 of falsely reporting a crime and in 2015 of misdemeanor obstruction of legal process. In that 2015 case, charges of domestic assault and interference with a 911 call were dropped.

According to court documents, Kraus’s girlfriend and mother of his two children accused Kraus of holding a pillow over her face, briefly causing her breathing to be restricted. His girlfriend told police Kraus “state he would take care of her jaw if she continued to run her mouth and threatened to throw her over the top railing of the house.” She also told police Kraus held her down on a couch and took her cell phone away so she couldn’t call 911. The responding officers also said Kraus resisted arrest.

In 2016, a charge of fleeing from police was dropped as part of a DWI guilty plea. His most recent arrest was in Anoka County in June 2020, when he was charged with giving a false name to a police officer. He was found guilty of that charge and was sentenced to 45 days in jail, with 43 days suspended and credit for two days served. Kraus initially gave police his brother’s name and later said he lied because he had a warrant for his arrest, according to court documents.

According to his Facebook pages, Kraus is a father of two children and has worked as a contractor and handyman and at an auto body shop. He attended Harding High School in St. Paul, he said on Facebook. He was married as of 2016, but it was not immediately clear if he was still with his wife.

Kraus is being held at the Hennepin County Jail without bail, online records show. The jail record shows Kraus was arrested by Minneapolis Police and booked at 4:17 a.m. on June 14. His street address is not listed in the records, but his city is listed as St. Paul, Minnesota.

He has not been formally charged, but has been held on probable cause of criminal vehicular homicide, driving after his license was canceled for being “inimical to public safety” and giving false information to police. The Hennepin County Attorney’s office will decide on what charges will be filed against Kraus. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has not yet commented on the incident. The jail records do not list an upcoming court date for Kraus.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement, “The right to peacefully assemble and protest is a cornerstone of our democracy. Last night’s tragic events resulted in the loss of a community member exercising that fundamental right and the injury of several others. We are keeping the victim’s family and friends close as they grieve the loss of a loved one.”
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