Donovan, Kato charged in Alexandria burglary
Two Alexandria men are charged with felony burglary charges for an incident that occurred on September 20 in Alexandria.
Dylan Andrew Donovan, 19, and Jacob Donald Kato, 18, were each charged the following day with burglary in the first degree of an occupied dwelling. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a $35,000 fine. Both are in custody at the Douglas County Jail.
According to the criminal complaint:
At approximately 1:28 p.m. Alexandria police officers responded to investigate a report of burglary at 1522 County Road 82 NW. Shots were reported to have been fired by Dennis Barthle, who lives in the basement level of the residence. He said his brother, Dan, lives in the upper level and was not home at the time of the incident.
Barthle reported that he was home alone reading when he heard footsteps and motion upstairs. When he exited the building through the basement door he saw an individual wearing a gray sweatshirt, later identified as Donovan, carry a TV out of the residence and place it in the back of a white Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Barthle then raised his gun and told the man to "hold it," according to court documents.
Another individual wearing a red and white flannel shirt, later identified as Kato, was spotted between the residence and the garage. Barthle said he fired a warning shot, not intended to hit anyone but to scare them. Both suspects ran from the property.
Alexandria police officers, Douglas County sheriff's deputies and Minnesota State Patrol responded to the area and set up a perimeter around the Tastefully Simple parking lot where the suspects were last seen.
Donovan was located by Deputy Arlan Kronfeldt while running near Latoka Drive. Deputy Jason Peterson's K-9 found a gray sweatshirt and stocking cap close in proximity to where Kronfeldt took Donovan into custody.
Kato was located running in the Tastefully Simple parking lot. During a search around the Tastefully Simple building, Peterson's K-9 located a red plaid shirt matching the description of the clothing Barthle said one of the suspects was wearing.
Alexandria police sergeants Larry Dailey and Kevin Guenther discovered the TV in the backseat of the Jeep along with VCRs and stereo equipment in a black garbage bag, upon further investigation.
Donovan is being held on $10,000 bond or $1,000 cash bail and is scheduled to appear in court on October 22. Kato is being held on an $8,000 bond or $500 cash bail with court scheduled for October 19.
Crystal Dey Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota's Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter at @CrystalDey_Echo.