Inver Grove Heights man charged with burglary, assault, attempted murder

Updated: July 23, 2019 09:03 PM

A 29-year-old Inver Grove Heights man has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree assault in connection to a home invasion.

The Dakota County Attorney's Office said the charges were filed against Semaji Jamal Clemons on Monday.


A criminal complaint states officers responded to a home after a report of assault at about 3 p.m. on Friday. When they arrived, they heard a woman crying in a back bedroom and found blood all over the floor. The complaint states Clemons exited the bedroom as officers approached, and he had blood on his pants and shoes.

The woman had several injuries, including puncture wounds in her back and a deep laceration on the front of her neck, the complaint said, and she received medical attention at the scene.

Despite the attack on this mother and son, violent crime in Inver Grove Heights is actually down.  Below are the statistics for January through April in 2018 and 2019.

According to the complaint, the woman told police that Clemons entered her home, went into her son's bedroom, grabbed him by the neck and brought him into the room she was in. He then assaulted them both, punching them in the head several times. The complaint states that her son told officers Clemons repeatedly told them "you're going to die."

Her son was able to run to a neighbor to get help and returned with a box cutter to try to get Clemons away from his mother. The complaint states Clemons instead took the box cutter and used it to injure the woman.

"Our police department sees this young man as a hero trying to take care of the person who was involved in the crime at the house," said Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Melissa Chiodo.  "We are attempting to reach out to see what support he needs and to reassure him he did nothing wrong in this, that he was a hero for his family and this community," she added.

Clemons made his first court appearance Monday and a judge set his bail at $1 million without conditions or $750,000 with conditions.

His next court appearance is set for August 15.

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