Relatives say 'Misunderstanding' Led to Minnetonka Manhunt, Possible Assault Charges for Michigan Man

September 24, 2017 10:36 PM

What happened inside a Minnetonka home overnight Saturday is the focus of an investigation by Minnetonka police and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

A homeowner on Bellevue Drive called authorities about 12:20 a.m. Sunday to report an assault in the home. The caller claimed a renter assaulted her daughter, who is a minor.


Investigators set up a perimeter, used a K-9 team and a State Patrol helicopter to search for 28-year-old Derrick Kinchen.  A news release from Police Chief Scott Boerboom said, "The suspect was eventually located by police K9 and taken into custody. The suspect was transported to the hospital and treated for a K9 bite and released. The suspect is currently in custody."

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Kinchen is from Michigan. Relatives said he came to Minnesota for the weekend to attend a friend's wedding. Kinchen's relatives, who don't want to be identified, said he found the room for rent online and booked for two nights. Kinchen's family says he reportedly got drunk at the wedding reception and when he returned to the home he wasn't familiar with, he went to the bathroom. When he came out, his family says, he went to the wrong bedroom and passed out.  

That room reportedly belongs to the homeowner's daughter. Kinchen's relatives said the girl's father walked in and said he was calling police. That's when Kinchen, who is a dad himself, bolted for the door, the relatives say.  

Kinchen's relatives said he was afraid because he was an out-of-state black man in a predominantly white neighborhood, and that the situation was a "misunderstanding."

On Sunday, Kinchen was arrested and booked into Hennepin County jail on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. A court date is pending. 

Minnetonka Police and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office are investigating. 


Beth McDonough

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