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Juvenile charged with burglary, assault in Osakis

On June 17, just after midnight in Osakis, a juvenile male was arrested and later charged with two counts of burglary in the first degree and assault in the second degree.

The suspect entered a home and assaulted the home owner, according to Osakis Police Chief Chad Gulbranson.

There was no connection between the two, Gulbranson said. The juvenile was reportedly having suicidal thoughts and was hoping the home owner would kill him, according to the chief.

He was restrained by the home owner until Gulbranson and Douglas County sheriff deputies arrived.

The home owner suffered a laceration to the head and was treated and released that night at the Douglas County Hospital.

The suspect was taken to the Douglas County Jail and, after appearing before a judge later that morning, was transferred to the West Central Region Juvenile Center in Moorhead.

The juvenile’s next court appearance is scheduled for today, June 23, at the Douglas County Courthouse. The court is expected to address whether he should continue to be held or be released upon conditions at that time.

Gulbranson emphasized that this was an isolated incident and the public should not be alarmed.

“It should serve as a reminder that, even though we live in a small community, people should lock their vehicles and homes,” the chief added.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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