Suspect in Columbia Heights Home Invasion Charged with Burglary, Assault

Updated: 06/10/2014 1:42 PM
Created: 06/05/2014 9:11 PM
By: Jennie Olson

Two men were arrested after a Columbia Heights home invasion Thursday, June 5.

Officers were called to the 4100 block of Jefferson Street Northeast around 8:15 p.m. on a report that several masked men broke into a home, according to Anoka County Sheriff's Office. The resident said the men entered the home, assaulted him and fled.

The victim said he was hit several times in the head and face with what appeared to be the wood stock of a shotgun. He said the intruders took some items from the house, but he wasn't sure exactly what was gone. Police said they found some electronic items outside the home when they arrived.

The victim was taken to the hospital suffering from "significant injury to his head and face," according to the criminal complaint. He had to get several staples in his head and stitches in his face.

A neighbor happened to be outside at the time of the home invasion and said he witnessed three men running south through an alley near 40th and Jefferson Street.

Two suspects were found and taken into custody -- 20-year old Austin Dennis of Columbia Heights and an unnamed 17-year-old Columbia Heights man, according to the complaint.

Dennis has been formally charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and two counts of first-degree burglary. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and $35,000 in fines on each charge.

A possible third suspect is still at large. Anyone with information is asked to call 763-323-5000 or 763-427-1212 if it's after hours.

Photo: KSTP-TV/Jeff Ganahl

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