Contact: Roger Pohlman
Chief of Police
Red Wing Police Department
Red Wing Police Seek More Information in Trespass Case
(Red Wing, MN) The Red Wing Police Department is seeking additional information from the public that could lead to more serious charges against suspects in a case of misdemeanor trespassing that occurred in late May. The incident has resulted in a number of social media posts questioning and criticizing the severity of the charges.
On May 23, 2020, at approximately 8:25 p.m., the Red Wing Police Department received five calls of criminal damage to property in the 600 – 700 Block of Hallstrom Drive. The victims of the criminal damage believed the suspects came from a nearby home. While investigating the complaints, a call complaining of a trespass in the 700 Block of Hallstrom Drive, was received by Goodhue County Dispatch.
Officers responded to the trespass call and obtained video. The video shows a suspect entering a back-basement door, while upstairs someone opened the front door. However, the video does not show if the person(s) at the front door actually entered the home.
To charge the offense of Burglary, Minnesota law requires proof that (1) a person entered a building or dwelling without consent, AND (2) the person either committed a crime while in the building or dwelling, OR intended to commit a crime while in the building or dwelling.
Based on the information obtained by officers and the six surveillance video clips, there is no evidence that a crime other than trespass was committed or that the suspects intended to commit a crime while inside the residence. The investigation into the incident remains open the Police Department is not legally permitted to share additional details on open cases.
“Without evidence that a crime was committed or that the suspects intended to commit a crime inside the home, the only appropriate charge for entering a residence without the consent of the owner is the misdemeanor offense of trespass,” said Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman. “We understand that some people don’t feel this is a serious enough charge but, based on the evidence to date, it’s the appropriate charge.”
Chief Pohlman says if anyone has additional information regarding this case, or feels a person or person’s rights were violated, he encourages them to come forward and file a formal complaint or schedule a meeting with him to further discuss.