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Two attempted burglaries reported at Holmes City residence days apart

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received two 911 calls from the same residence in Holmes City reporting an attempted burglary once on Saturday and again on Monday.

The first call was received on Saturday, June 1, at 6:56 p.m. Aaron Schultz reported he had found the door to his residence at 6118 County Road 4 Southwest in Holmes City open when he arrived.

When Schultz entered his home, he reportedly saw a white male in his early 20s who was approximately six-feet tall and 175 pounds with a shaved head and dark eyes who was wearing large diamond earrings. Schultz said he fought with the suspect and the suspect fled the residence.

Douglas County deputies set a perimeter around the city and searched the area with a K-9 unit. The suspect was not located.

Schultz's second 911 call was received on Monday, June 3, at 8:29 p.m. He reported that once again he found the unknown male suspect inside his residence. Another altercation occurred in which Schultz received a cut to his arm. Schultz told law enforcement he ran to his car and retrieved a pellet gun which he pointed at his residence until deputies arrived at the scene.

A second search with assistance from the K-9 unit was conducted, the suspect was not found.

Schultz did not report any personal property missing from his residence. He was transported by ambulance to Douglas County Hospital for the injury to his arm where he was treated and released.

Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen advises people who believe they may have arrived at the scene of a break-in to call law enforcement and wait for deputies to clear the home before entering.

"We want people to avoid a confrontation and don't want anyone to get hurt," Wolbersen said. "Just call us, that's what we're here for."

The Holmes City incidents are currently under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (320) 762-8151.

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 @Crystal_Dey.

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