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St. Paul Park man charged in burglary case
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A 33-year-old St. Paul Park man with two open drunken driving cases added to his court docket after allegedly wielding a baseball bat during a domestic disturbance last month in Woodbury.

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Washington County prosecutors charged Jose Manuel Mejia with two counts of first-degree burglary, including one alleging the use of a dangerous weapon during commission of the crime.

The charges stem from a July 25 incident on Romeo Drive that was first reported as trespassing.

According to a criminal complaint, Woodbury police were dispatched to the residence, but learned along the way that the suspect was inside and armed with a weapon.

An officer found the suspect -- later identified as Mejia -- outside the home. The officer also noticed extensive damage to a garage service door that appeared to have been beaten in.

A woman at the home who said she is in the process of divorcing Mejia said the incident began after she arrived at the home. Shortly after, the man she was visiting heard the woman yelling at someone, who turned out to be Mejia.

Mejia pushed his way past the woman and began threatening the man, according to the complaint. He pushed Mejia out of the home through the garage's service door, which Mejia allegedly beat with the bat.

Mejia was able to re-enter the home, knocked the woman to the ground and cocked back his fist before he was pushed out the front door. After being locked out of that door, Mejia allegedly threatened to "kill you two," causing the man to fear for his life, the complaint states.

The woman told police she suspected Mejia had followed her to the residence, pointing out that his car was found blocking her vehicle and the other man's.

Mejia was arrested and transported to Washington County jail. In addition to the burglary charges, Mejia has two pending DWI cases in Washington County, the complaint states.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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