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Police: Man flees arrest, hides in elderly Cottage Grove woman's home before capture

A St. Paul man wanted on felony warrants was arrested last week in Cottage Grove after allegedly eluding police by entering an elderly woman’s home.

With four law enforcement agencies helping and a K-9 unit and a State Patrol helicopter ready to respond, police arrested Jeramy Corwin, 28, following a foot pursuit in the Auburn Woods development near Hinton Avenue north of 80th Street.

Corwin was booked into the Washington County jail and later cited for multiple misdemeanors: fleeing an officer; obstructing the legal process; trespassing; and possessing a small amount of marijuana.

The incident started with a tip. A caller told emergency dispatch Thursday afternoon, Oct. 17, that Corwin was leaving a home in the 7500 block of Glen Road, along the Cottage Grove-Woodbury border. Cottage Grove police officer Dan Schoen headed north on Hinton Avenue from 80th Street toward where he said he thought Corwin might come into town.

Schoen said he spotted Corwin riding in the passenger seat of the vehicle described by the tipster. Schoen turned around to follow the vehicle and the female driver turned into Hinton Park Avenue and pulled into a driveway.

Corwin had outstanding felony warrants for firearms possession and receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor warrant for theft. He resisted arrest as Schoen tried to handcuff him, the officer said. Schoen used pepper spray to attempt to apprehend him, but Corwin broke free and ran out of sight, Schoen said in an interview.

Corwin allegedly entered a townhome through a sliding patio door, startling the elderly woman who lives at the home in the 7400 block of Hinton Park Avenue. She was alone with two little dogs. He started a conversation with the woman and did not threaten her, Schoen said.

“And the lady, obviously she was terrified out of her mind,” Schoen said. “At least he left without hurting her.”

The woman screamed at Corwin, he ran from the house and she called 911. As police from Cottage Grove, Woodbury, St. Paul Park and Newport set a search perimeter in the area, other neighbors reported seeing Corwin. He attempted to hide in shadows near the semi-enclosed entrance to another home in the area. Several officers approached Corwin and had to use a Taser to get control of him, according to the police summary.

Corwin was jailed and later cited after authorities decided against formally charging him with burglary. There were knives and a paintball gun in the vehicle Corwin had traveled in, but he was not armed during the chase, Schoen said.

No police nor bystanders were injured.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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