ST. CLAIR (TEC News) – A St. Clair man is in trouble for selling stolen guns to a police informant and his girlfriend for threatening to kill the informant after her boyfriend’s arrest.
An informant working with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task force bought a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a Remington 870 shotgun from 25-year-old Paul Frantum of St. Clair in late September.
But last week the informant contacted a task force agent claiming Frantum showed up at his home and threatened to kill him because he had introduced him to an undercover cop to sell guns.
Given the threats, law enforcement decided to arrest Frantum and did so at his father’s home in St. Clair.
While transporting Frantum to jail, the agent received another call from the information saying he had just received a phone call from Frantum’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Cynthia Hagan of St. Clair.
The informant claimed Hagen told him he had messed up and that he had no idea what he had just done. She added that she was going to kill his whole family and burn their house down.
Law enforcement turned around and returned to the home where they arrested Hagan after confirming on the home phone’s caller ID that a call had been placed to the informant’s phone.
Frantum faces five felony charges for being a felon in possession of a weapon, for possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, tampering with a witness and terroristic threats.
Hagen faces two felony charges for witness tampering and terroristic threats.
Bail for Frantum was set at $100,000.