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Updated: 06/11/2013 7:40 AM
Created: 06/10/2013 9:35 PM | Print |  Email
By: Jay Kolls

Stillwater Woman: Police Illegally Entered Apartment

A Washington County Sheriff's Deputy and two Stillwater Police officers entered a woman's home, she says, without a warrant or her permission. 

Sonya Sylos lives at 518 Third Street North in an apartment. At 2 a.m. on May 22, she says she was startled awake by noises inside her apartment. 

Sylos tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she got out of bed to investigate, opened her bedroom door, and came face-to-face with a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy and two Stillwater Police officers.  

Stylos says they told her they wanted to talk to her son. He was not a suspect but is the friend of a suspect who investigators say fled from a Sheriff's Deputy on a routine traffic stop.

Stylos says she did not give them permission to be in her apartment and they did not have a search warrant. Stylos says even after she asked them if they had the right to be in her apartment they questioned her about her son's whereabouts for 10 minutes, or more.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department declined to comment, saying the case is still open, which precludes them from discussing it.

The Stillwater Police Chief tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS his officers left as soon as they realized it was an apartment and, he says, the department has apologized for the mistake.

Stylos has retained an attorney but has not yet taken any legal action.

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