Eagan man charged with criminal sexual conduct

A 40-year-old Eagan man faces one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from an incident involving his former girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.

Lindsey David Morris was charged in Hennepin County District Court June 12, following an investigation by the Bloomington Police Department.

The girl’s mother told police that Morris came to her Bloomington home on June 10 to collect his property. The woman was uncomfortable having him in her home and called a friend to come over while he was there, according to the complaint.

While her friend was at her residence the woman left to run an errand. At a point during the mother’s absence the friend noticed that the 3-year-old girl was no longer in the living room.

With Morris upstairs, the friend yelled for the girl, who came downstairs, visibly upset and crying. When the friend asked the girl what had happened to her, the girl said that Morris had lifted up her dress and placed his hand underneath her underwear, touching her buttocks. She also said that he put his hands down the front of her underwear, the complaint said.

The girl told a similar story during a forensic interview the following day, the complaint noted.

If convicted, Morris faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $40,000.

Thelma and Luis?

A 30-year-old woman put the kibosh on a night of unadulterated fun for her and a 44-year-old Rockford man when she attempted to shoplift a mobile phone from the Bloomington Walmart store.

The duo was arrested June 8 following a traffic stop on the Interstate 494 exit ramp at 34th Avenue, according to Bloomington Police Commander Mark Stehlik.

Police were called to Walmart at approximately 1:45 a.m. on a report of a shoplifting incident. Although the woman fled the scene in a black truck with no license plate, patrol officers spotted it on eastbound 494.

The Rockford man driving the vehicle was nervous when questioned by police and said that he had picked up the 30-year-old woman in his truck earlier that evening on Lake Street in Minneapolis.

He told an officer that he had picked her up with the intention of having sex with her and that he had stopped at Walmart to get money from a cash machine. When he stopped, the woman went inside the store without him. He returned to his truck to wait for her. She subsequently returned to the truck, running from store personnel. The duo drove off upon her reaching the truck, Stehlik said.

During a search of the vehicle officers found a mobile phone under the seat of the man’s truck that matched the description of the phone reported stolen at Walmart. In addition officers found a glass pipe, lighter and a plastic bag that appeared to contain crack cocaine, tucked above the sunroof shade of the truck’s cab. The man told police that he had purchased the crack from a dealer in Minneapolis that the woman connected him with after he picked her up, Stehlik noted.

The woman had no identification at the time of her arrest and initially gave the name of a stepsister. An officer was suspicious of the woman’s verbal identification, however, as her stated age and date of birth did not match, Stehlik said.

The woman was also found to be in possession of crack upon a search of her purse. After verifying her identification it was determined that she had a felony warrant from Carver County and a misdemeanor warrant from Hennepin County.

The Rockford man was booked for possession of a controlled substance. The woman, who had no permanent address, was booked for possession of a controlled substance, shoplifting, giving a false name to police and her outstanding warrants.

Parent arrested

A late night disturbance brought police to the home of a 33-year-old Bloomington woman. Despite efforts to ensure the safety of the woman’s children, she was arrested on suspicion of malicious punishment of a child and endangering her children.

Police were called to the 8500 block of Lyndale avenue shortly after 3:30 a.m. June 12, following a report of women yelling at each other outside a residence, as well as the sound of items being broken inside the home, according to Stehlik.

Officers responding to the report heard sounds inside the residence, but did not get a response from anyone inside the home. Because children were reported to be inside the residence, officers forced their way in, Stehlik noted.

Inside officers found traces of blood on the floor of the home, as well as broken glass and other shattered items. With no response from anyone inside the residence, officers checked the bedrooms and found the suspect and her three children in a bed. The woman appeared to be sleeping, but two boys in the bed were awake, Stehlik explained.

The woman did not seem to be surprised when she opened her eyes to find police officers in her bedroom. She appeared to be intoxicated, but told police she had not been drinking. A breath test, however, returned a blood-alcohol concentration of .26, according to Stehlik.

Deemed unable to care for her children, officers helped the woman make arrangements to have an acquaintance come to her residence to ensure the children’s welfare, Stehlik noted.

Shortly after officers left they were called back to the scene and arrested the suspect. The acquaintance told officers that after they left the woman grabbed the 4-year-old boy’s arm and slammed him into a wall, Stehlik said.

Drug bust

A Minneapolis duo was arrested at a Bloomington hotel for possession of a controlled substance.

Officers were checking vehicles in the parking lot of Northwood Inn and Suites, 1225 E. 78th St., on June 9 when they determined a 22-year-old Minneapolis woman with an outstanding misdemeanor warrant may be a registered guest of the hotel. Upon further investigation they found that a room in the hotel was registered to the suspect, according to Stehlik.

Upon knocking on the hotel room door, a 21-year-old Minneapolis man answered. Officers saw a woman lying on the bed, who identified herself as the suspect, Stehlik said.

Inside the room officers found baggies that appeared to contain marijuana and cocaine. A search of the room turned up nearly $4,000 in the man’s pants, more marijuana in the woman’s purse and an additional $1,000 cash. A check of the woman’s cell phone number matched a number listed in escort service ads in the Minneapolis area and Iowa, Stehlik explained.

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