Police: After fight with St. Paul resident, suspected home intruder in hospital

Updated: August 09, 2019 09:14 PM

A man suspected of breaking into a home with a young couple inside is currently in a hospital with severe injuries.

And 35-year-old Craig Eide is facing criminal charges of burglary and assault, as well.


According to an incident report from the St. Paul Police Department, officers responded to the 400 block of Smith Avenue North at 11:30 p.m. on a report of a person breaking into vehicles.

As officers were responding to the scene, two more calls reported Eide had moved on from attempting to breaking into nearby vehicles and was then attempting to break into a 911 caller's home where the couple live. 

When officers arrived at the scene, a neighbor reported hearing sounds of a struggle coming from a building's lower unit.

Upon entry, officers noticed the oven had been displaced and that there were significant amounts of blood on the floors, furniture, walls and counters.

The husband told police during the struggle he managed to get ahold of a knife.

"I stabbed him as many times as I could until I thought [Eide] was dying," he said to police.

Officers found Eide with multiple stab wounds and a head injury in the basement. 

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Both were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and released. His wife wasn't hurt in the incident.

Since the ordeal happened, the couple has been too traumatized to go back home.  

Legal experts said incidents like this are a reminder that state law saw residents have a right to defend themselves using force, to stop a threat but not to go so as far as killing an intruder. In Minnesota, that's referred to as "duty to retreat."

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