Man charged for forcing way into home, trying to steal car

A Coon Rapids man is being accused of forcing his way into an East Bethel home after trying to steal the homeowners’ vehicle on Jan. 1.

Nolan Paul Riel, 21, was arraigned Jan. 3 in Anoka County District Court on felony charges of first-degree burglary and attempted theft of a motor vehicle along with a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault with the intent to cause fear.

Riel had an omnibus hearing Jan. 28. His next court appearance is March 26.

According to the criminal complaint, two East Bethel residents said they woke up to the sound of their dogs barking. One of them looked out the window and saw the brake lights of his vehicle were on.

When he went outside to investigate, a man later identified as Riel allegedly forced his way into the home and shoved the man against the door.

The man told police he was afraid and grabbed a baseball bat and told Riel to leave his home. According to the complaint, Riel was too intoxicated to find the door and the homeowner had to open the front door in order for him to leave.

Another driver saw Riel leave the home and walk onto Viking Boulevard and stopped to detain him until law enforcement could arrive. On arrival after receiving the call 12:54 a.m. Jan. 1, deputies found a vehicle stopped in the middle of Viking Boulevard and the man later identified as Riel was allegedly struggling with the driver. Deputies intervened and arrested Riel.

Deputies found some of Riel’s clothes inside the vehicle he allegedly tried to steal.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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