Anoka man indicted on murder charge

An Anoka man has been indicted on charges  of killing a 95-year-old man in his home in November.

Isaiah Montrell Thomas (Photo from Minnesota Department of Corrections)
Isaiah Montrell Thomas (Photo from Minnesota Department of Corrections)

An Anoka County Grand Jury has indicted Isaiah Montrell Thomas, 27, in the murder of Anoka man Al Loehlein.

Thomas had previously been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in December. He has now been indicted on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree murder with intent while committing a felony, and second-degree murder with intent but not premeditated.

“The first-degree murder indictment reflects the horrible loss of life suffered by Mr. Loehlein in this case,” said Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo.

According to the criminal complaint, Loehlein had been beaten to death with severe injuries to his head and face in his Anoka home. He had been living alone in the residence, and his family had dropped him off at home on Thanksgiving evening. The family later discovered his body while dropping off groceries on Nov. 28.

Thomas was identified by forensic analysis of fingerprints. Through further investigation, it was determined that Thomas resided in an apartment less than one-fifth of a mile from the home.

Several items were stolen from the home, including a small mantle clock and two pocket watches. Investigation discovered the clock had been pawned on Nov. 27 at Excel Pawn in Maplewood.

On Nov. 30, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Thomas was a passenger. He was then arrested, and upon search, officers located a gold pocket watch on his person.

Thomas’ next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 29.

Contact Sarah Burghardt at [email protected]