The burglary in progress call to which Coon Rapids Police responded the morning of April 23 had a twist in the tail.
While the suspect tracked down by police, Viktor Petrovich Yesipchuk, 18, 11 118th Ave. N.E., Blaine, was charged with felony first-degree burglary, it wasn’t for the house from which he was seen running, but for allegedly tampering with a vehicle in the attached garage of a group home where he was found.
At Yesipchuk’s arraignment in Anoka County District Court April 25, bail was set at $20,000 and his next court appearance is May 20.
At the time of the April 23 incident, Yesipchuk was out of bail after being charged in court April 3 with a felony second-degree controlled substance crime, possession of methamphetamine, for an incident in Blaine 1.
Bail was set at $10,000 without conditions or $2,000 with conditions; he posted the latter amount April 8, according to court records. His next court hearing was scheduled for May 1.
The homeowner of a residence on the 1800 block of 128th Avenue N.W. called 911 about 10:10 a.m. April 23 to report a burglary after seeing a male hand open up the door from the basement to her main floor and she knew her daughter, 23, who lives with her, was not at home.
According to the complaint, the woman called out to identify the person, who slammed the door, returned downstairs and fled out of an egress window from inside the daughter’s basement bedroom.
The woman ran outside and saw the back of the man, that would later be identified as Yesipchuk.
When police arrived, the woman alleged that the man she had seen might have been a friend of her daughter’s that she had kicked out of the house the week before, but she could not pick Yesipchuk out of a photo line-up.
The woman gave police a description of the man and said the first name of her daughter’s friend was “Victor.” A Blaine Police officer was able to provide a full name of the suspect from that, according to the Coon Rapids Police report.
Police set up a perimeter and called in a canine unit from the New Hope Police Department.
During the search, an officer stopped and interviewed a friend of Yesipchuk, who alleged she had driven to Coon Rapids at his request to pick him up after police chased him.
The search lasted just over an hour and ended when Coon Rapids Police Officer Jarrod Guy and New Hope Police Officer Andy Lamers and his canine partner tracked Yesipchuk to the inside of an attached garage at a residence on the 12800 block of Nightingale Street N.W., a group home for people with mental disabilities.
In the vicinity of the house, Lamers noticed an open utility door in the back of the residence and as they got closer, his dog, Gideon, became very agitated and signaled vigorously of the suspect’s presence, according to the complaint.
Inside the garage, officers allegedly found Yesipchuk crouched next to the open driver’s sliding door on an orange Nissan Qwest and he was taken into custody.
A personal care attendant came into the garage and told police that the people living at the residence need specialized care and they were very disturbed by the commotion caused by Yesipchuk hiding in the garage.
In a post-Miranda interview, Yesipchuk admitted being inside the woman’s home, but he said he was there at the daughter’s invitation.
That was confirmed when police interviewed the woman’s daughter, who said she had invited Yesipchuk to spend the night at her home.
In his interview, Yesipchuk allegedly admitted than he ran downstairs and out of the window after he tried to go upstairs to use the bathroom and startled the woman.
Yesipchuk alleged he was aware the woman had called police and ran because he believed police were after him, hiding in a backyard until he heard officers and the canine nearby, then seeking cover in the garage before using an application on his cell phone to pin-point his location and call a friend to come and pick him up.
The complaint alleges that Yesipchuk entered an occupied dwelling and committed the crime of tampering with a motor vehicle when he opened the van door without the owner’s permission and attempted to hide from law enforcement.
The incident in Blaine for which Yesipchuk was charged occurred the night of April 1 when Blaine Police stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. It was occupied by two people and the driver was identified as Yesipchuk, who alleged he only had a permit and no identification.
According to the complaint, both men were acting suspiciously and gave rambling and irrelevant answers when questioned.
A search of Yesipchuk allegedly found a small bag of synthetic cannabis in his pocket, while a search of the vehicle allegedly turned up 6.98 grams of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine in the driver’s door pocket and another 15.3 grams of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine in the center console.
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