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Three charged in home invasion case

Two adults and a juvenile were charged Monday in Carlton County Court in connection with the forced entry of a home on the Fond du Lac Reservation last week by armed and masked people who demanded money.

Lafave

Two adults and a juvenile were charged Monday in Carlton County Court in connection with the forced entry of a home on the Fond du Lac Reservation last week by armed and masked people who demanded money.

Alexander Lafave, 19, and Stuart Abramowski, 20, were charged with two felonies each - burglary in the first degree and felony aggravated robbery in the first. A 16-year-old juvenile was also charged Monday. In addition, Lafave was charged with theft of firearms.

"This is about as bad as it gets, breaking into someone's house in the middle of the night with loaded guns and robbing them," said County Attorney Thom Pertler, who requested $75,000 bail or $7,500 cash bond for both Lafave aand Abramowski "for reasons of public safety."

According to the criminal complaint, Fond du Lac police got the call to respond to the residence on Wolf Ridge Road just after 2 a.m. Thursday. When police arrived at the residence, the residents were visibly shaken and told them three people had kicked the door in and come in the house demanding money and drugs. They said all three intruders were masked; one carried a handgun, another a shotgun and the third had something that looked like a club. The homeowners were able to convince the suspects that they did not have money and the suspects fled the home, leaving the victims unharmed.

Officers immediately called for assistance. Multiple officers arrived and observed three sets of footprints leaving the residence heading out into the woods.

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Due to the violent nature of the crime, the Consolidated Emergency Response Team was called out to search for the suspects and to secure the area. After several hours, law enforcement received a tip that one or more of the suspects were at a residence at Gray Birch Court.

At that home, officers found three individuals who had been identified as having committed the burglary and robbery -- Lafave, Abramowski and the juvenile, according to the complaint. After being granted a search warrant, officers found items of clothing described by the victims and other items were taken into evidence. All three suspects were taken to the Cloquet Police Department and interviewed; there were two full confessions, police said. Using information from the defendants, officers executed another search warrant and located the handgun and shotgun where the suspect told police they would be. The pistol came back as a stolen firearm.

During Monday's hearing, Judge Robert Macaulay said he was focusing on the nature of the offenses rather than the men's criminal histories involve mostly minor offenses. In light of the serious nature of the charges and the likelihood that the defendants will serve time in prison if convicted, Macauley said neither adult was a candidate for pre-trial release.

Abramowski

Related Topics: CARLTON COUNTYCRIME
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