Guilty plea in connection with St. Francis home invasion

A Coon Rapids man wanted on a warrant for his alleged role in a St. Francis home invasion has pleaded in Anoka County District Court to one of two felonies after his arrest in Coon Rapids following a police pursuit in December 2012.

Kyle Christopher Paine, 29, entered a guilty plea Oct. 21 to a possession of a firearm by a felon (crime of violence conviction) charge. As part of a plea agreement, the second felony count, fleeing police in a motor vehicle, will be dismissed at sentencing Dec. 19.

Paine had been charged in November 2012 with felony first-degree burglary, along with Dustin Travis Daudt, 21, Isanti, in connection with a Nov. 14 home invasion incident in St. Francis. The charge against Paine was dismissed earlier this year, but Daudt entered a guilty plea.

But at the time the charge was filed against Paine, his whereabouts were unknown, thus the arrest warrant was issued.

Investigators from the Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force received information the early morning of Dec. 5, 2012 that Paine was at a residence in the area of 111th Avenue and Drake Street.

Paine was not only wanted on the first-degree burglary warrant, but also had an outstanding warrant on a fifth-degree controlled crime charge plus a Minnesota Department of Corrections warrant for a parole violation.

At 6:34 a.m. Dec. 5, 2012 drug task force investigators saw Paine’s vehicle parked at a residence on the 11100 block of Drake Street, set up surveillance and alerted Coon Rapids Police to have officers ready to make a stop.

According to the complaint, when Paine left the residence in the car, officers activated the lights and sirens on their squads in an attempt to stop Paine, but he accelerated away reaching speeds of 50 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Paine drove across the Church of the Epiphany expansion cemetery on 111th Avenue, causing damage to the grass and a tree, before heading into a wooded area just west of the cemetery, where he crashed the car, got out and ran away from officers through the woods before being apprehended by two Coon Rapids officers.

A Hennepin County canine unit was brought in to search the wooded area and along the path on which Paine fled, a handgun that appeared to have been recently placed was found within throwing distance from where Paine was running.

Inside Paine’s car, police found two cell phones, drug packaging and digital scale, a handheld stun gun, a gun cleaner and gun oil, while a search of Paine revealed a glass pipe commonly to smoke methamphetamine and $726 in cash.

The possession of a firearm was a felony charge because Paine was convicted in 2003 of theft of a firearm, according to the complaint.

Peter Bodley is at
peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

 

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