Four face charges for burglary, assaultFour adults are facing felony charges in Carlton County Court after a late-night incident on March 14 resulting in the alleged assault and robbery of a 65-year-old Cloquet man.
By: Wendy Johnson, The Pine Journal
Four adults are facing felony charges in Carlton County Court after a late-night incident on March 14 resulting in the alleged assault and robbery of a 65-year-old Cloquet man.
Amber Rae Stonemark, 22, of Esko; Chaz Dean Farleigh, 21, of Wrenshall; Ashley Creed Farleigh Jr., 22, of Duluth; and Kurtis Raymond Olson Tormondson, 20, of Eveleth made their first court appearance in Carlton on Monday. They have been charged with first degree aggravated robbery, first degree aiding and abetting burglary, first degree conspiracy to commit burglary and third degree assault. Stonemark has also been charged with interference with an emergency call. Bail was set at $75,000 each.
According to the criminal complaints filed in the case, a 65-year-old homeowner on Park Avenue in Cloquet came to the Cloquet Police Department at approximately 11:30 p.m. on the night of March 14 to report he had just been assaulted and robbed. He told police that Stonemark came to his residence earlier that evening and they had a couple of drinks together. He stated he was acquainted with Stonemark from an encounter last fall, and when she showed up at his door at approximately 10:30 p.m. that evening, he invited her in.
While at his residence, the victim told police Stonemark made a couple of cell phone calls. Shortly after the calls, he reported Stonemark said her ride had arrived and went to the back door of the house, apparantly to make her departure.
At that time, three males showed up at the door and Stonemark admitted them to the house. The victim said they were wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up, and as they came into the house, they allegedly sprayed him in the face with mace or some sort of pepper spray.
He reported at that point he fell to the floor and the intruders demanded money. He told them the only money he had was in his leather money clip (some $17-$18), which he said they proceeded to take. The victim said he tried to get out the back door at that point, but the men then punched and kicked him. According to the complaint, one of the males was allegedly carrying a lead pipe in his hand.
The complaint then stated the group began searching for further things to steal. At one point, the homeowner said he headed for the basement and attempted to call 911 on his cell phone but couldn’t get it to work. Upon discovering this, he said Stonemark took the phone and prevented him from further attempts to call.
All four of the intruders then fled, at which time the victim said he saw them driving off in what he reported to be a reddish, SUV-type vehicle.
Based on information later gathered by Cloquet police detectives, Stonemark was located at Chaz Farleigh’s residence in Wrenshall, where she was reportedly staying with him. Farleigh was simultaneously picked up by police at his place of employment in Cloquet. Ashley Farleigh, Chaz’s cousin, was later picked up at his Duluth address by Duluth Police, and Tormondson was taken into custody by the Carlton County Sheriff’s Department at a residence in Wrenshall.
According to Assistant Cloquet Police Chief Terry Hill, the burglary and assault did not represent a “random crime” but rather a “preplanned” incident, based on the information provided to police.
“Local residents can breathe easy,” Hill stated. “This was an isolated incident that was targeted at one certain person.”
All four remain in custody, and a pretrial hearing is set for Wednesday, March 28.
Pine Journal Publisher/ reporter Wendy Johnson can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.