SWAT called for midday Roseville burglary

Nobody inside home after standoff

Ramsey County SWAT was called to a Roseville neighborhood just north of Rosedale Center the afternoon of Oct. 9 to help deal with a man apparently holed up in a home following a burglary, though ultimately, the man was not inside.

Still, the midday standoff, which continued through school getting out and into the early evening disrupted the otherwise quiet neighborhood, said Roseville police Lt. Erika Scheider.

“Our biggest concern was obviously the safety of the neighborhood. As kids got off the bus we tried to get them safely home,” she said, noting that other residents were forced to shelter in place.

Roseville police were dispatched at 1:30 p.m. to the 2500 block of Charlotte Street for a burglary in progress, after a neighbor called to say they’d seen a door kicked in at a nearby home, according to a Roseville Police Department press release.

Officers arrived at the home, located near the intersection of Snelling Avenue and County Road C, and found a service door had been kicked in.

As officers were setting up a perimeter around the home, police said, they saw a man trying to flee out of it through an open window. When the man saw officers, he ducked back into the home.

Later, a woman, identified as a 37-year-old from Bloomington, exited the home through a patio door and surrendered to officers. 

The woman told police she and the man had met at a gas station earlier that day and then walked around the neighborhood, breaking a window to get inside the home. She said she gave herself up to officers because she heard them shouting commands. According to police, she also said she thought the man was still inside the home and that he may have had a knife.

In the meantime, police said, officers contacted the homeowner, who said they did not know the woman or why the two would have targeted the home. Police spoke to the woman again and she changed her story multiple times.

Negotiators and Ramsey County SWAT came to the scene to assist in getting the man out of the house and to help ensure the safety of nearby residents. Though police tried a number of things to locate any people still in the home, police said, nobody was found inside.

According to a Lillie Suburban Newspapers news editor who was at Rosedale Center around 5:40 p.m. bangs associated with the incident could be heard from the mall’s northeast parking deck. Scheider confirmed that “distraction devices” were used at that time.

Roseville detectives are working to identify the man police first saw trying to get out of the home through the window, and are trying to connect this burglary to other known recent crimes.

“I think it’s safe to say they may be tied to other burglaries and thefts in the city,” said Scheider. The 37-year-old woman was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary.

Scheider said the situation “is just a great example of someone seeing something not right and calling 911.”

“This is truly how we solve crime.”

Scheider said the police department has already received tips regarding the man allegedly involved in the burglary and that police urge neighbors in the area to review security footage for clues. Neighbors can call the Roseville Police Department at 651-792-7008.

 

—Mike Munzenrider

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