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Man Pulled Knife on Detectives, Deputies During Drug Search, Officers Say

After being taken in custody, Thomas Rockenstein told officials, "I wish you would have killed me."

A St. Charles County man, who is on probation for 2009 drug charges, pulled a knife on detectives and St. Charles County Sheriff’s deputies outside a home Jan. 29.

After officers disarmed Thomas J. Rockenstein, he said, “I wish you would have killed me. I’m going to jail forever.”

Rockenstein, 55, pleaded guilty to several drug charges in April 2009. He received a 15-year sentence, but the sentence was suspended and Rockenstein was placed on five years probation.

St. Charles County Sheriff's Department officials say they had been requested to check on the welfare of Rockenstein’s elderly mother at her home in the 1400 block of Prospect Lakes Drive near Wentzville.

When a deputy entered the home, he saw numerous items used to make methamphetamine, including camp fuel, ammonium nitrate, lithium batteries, empty pseudoephedrine boxes and other items. The deputy called the St. Charles County Drug Task Force for assistance.

A search turned up more items used to make meth and a small bag containing methamphetamine in Rockenstein’s bedroom.

While detectives and deputies were at the home, Rockenstein pulled up in the driveway and got out of his car. A detective said Rockenstein pulled out a folding knife, “holding it in a blade down, stabbing position in a threatening manner toward officers.”

Detectives said Rockenstein admitted he’s a meth addict and made meth in his mother’s home.

Detectives wrote in a report that Rockenstein “cooked meth at his elderly mother’s residence, exposing her to dangerous chemicals and the risk of explosion.”

Rockenstein was charged Jan. 30 with assaulting an officer, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rockenstein is being held Sunday in St. Charles County jail. Bond was set at $35,000, cash only.

For more crime information on Wentzville Patch, see the following articles:

  • Police: Man Nabbed For Making Meth Five Months After Lab Explosion Burned Woman

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