A 17-year-old Bloomington boy’s call to report suspicious activity at a Bloomington office building resulted in the arrest of a 25-year-old Eagan man on suspicion of burglary.

Police officers were dispatched to the 8000 block of Old Cedar Avenue at approximately 10:08 p.m. July 7 after the witness, who was walking a dog in the area, reported that the suspect had been yelling, then appeared to be breaking into an office. Officers responding to area did not immediately locate anyone in the area that matched the suspect’s description, but eventually spotted the man walking west on 80th Street, according to Bloomington Police Cmdr. Mike Utecht.

The suspect, upon spotting a police officer, ran off, but didn’t get far before he was spotted and arrested near the intersection of Old Cedar Avenue and American Boulevard. The man had a cut on his shin, and when asked about the office building, the suspect said that he broke the glass entrance door of an office suite and entered the building, Utecht explained.

Officers also spoke to the witness at the scene. He also reported that the suspect broke the glass entrance door and entered, fleeing the building after the initial police officer at the scene drove past and around the building, Utecht noted.

The office the suspect broke into turned out to be unoccupied, he added.

The suspect was booked on suspicion of third-degree burglary and property damage.

Robbery arrest

A shoplifting incident at the Bloomington Walmart store resulted in a robbery arrest after the suspect was accused of spraying a chemical irritant at a Walmart loss prevention officer.

Police officers were dispatched to Walmart at approximately 2:14 p.m. July 1 following a report that the suspect, a 32-year-old Minneapolis man, fled the store with approximately $150 worth of merchandise. A loss prevention officer confronted the man after he made his way to the store exit with concealed merchandise, and the man responded by spraying a chemical irritant in the loss prevention officer’s face, ac-cording to Utecht.

The man fled on foot and headed west along American Boulevard. An officer responding to the report spotted a man matching the suspect’s description in the parking area of Village Square Shopping Center, on the east side of the 7800 block of Portland Avenue. The suspect again fled on foot, crossing Portland Avenue. But he tripped and fell in the parking lot of Town & Country Shopping Center, where he was arrested, Utecht said.

The suspect was booked on suspicion of theft, simple robbery, fleeing a police officer on foot and obstructing the police.

Sexual assault

A 20-year-old Minneapolis woman’s report of a sexual assault at a Bloomington residence resulted in the arrest of a 19-year-old Bloomington man.

Police officers were dispatched to Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina during the early morning hours of July 5, following a report that the woman was being treated for sexual assault. The woman told the police that she had been at a July 3 party at a residence on the 11000 block of Utica Avenue. She went to sleep at the residence that night, and when she woke up, she sensed she had been sexually assaulted while she was sleeping. A witness at the residence told her that she had been, according to Utecht.

Following the report, an investigation resulted in the suspect’s arrest on suspicion of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, he noted.

Assault arrest

A 30-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested after a report that he violated a no-contact order and assaulted a 19-year-old Minneapolis woman at her friend’s residence in Bloomington.

The initial report was made June 27. The victim said that the suspect had contacted her by phone on June 23, when she was at a friend’s apartment in Bloomington. Despite the no-contact order, the suspect visit-ed her at the apartment, Utecht said.

When the victim wanted the suspect to leave, he became upset and began assaulting her. She ended up leaving the apartment by ambulance, but didn’t indicate that she was punched in the stomach, face or mouth by the suspect. She reported that she thought she was having a miscarriage, according to Utecht.

After calling the police to report the assault, an investigation resulted in the suspect’s arrest in Minneapolis on July 2, he noted.

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