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Two men arrested for first-degree burglary

BEMIDJI—A Red Lake man and a Bemidji man were charged with first-degree burglary Thursday after allegedly entering a woman's house, punching her in the face and stealing her purse.

David James Cook, Jr.     Derek Jon Paddy

According to court documents, Derek Jon Paddy, 21, and David James Cook, Jr., 20, were arrested Wednesday, three days after the burglary was reported.

A criminal complaint states that the victim, referred to as A.G., was assaulted and her items were stolen Sunday. She told investigators a friend had texted her and asked to visit her home at the 3300 block of Windy Hill Lane southwest of Bemidji; the friend allegedly arrived with three men A.G. had not been expecting, and she told them to leave.

A.G. thought the men and her friend had left, the complaint said, but they returned to her house. One of the men stayed outside, according to documents, but two others, wearing hats and sunglasses, pushed A.G. inside and repeatedly punched her in the face. They then took her purse, she told police.

Investigators identified Cook, of Red Lake, and Paddy, of Bemidji, as suspects and showed A.G. a photo lineup. She identified Cook as one of the men who broke into her home, and narrowed another lineup down to Paddy and another man.

The pair was arrested Wednesday, when Bemidji police officers noticed an SUV matching the description of the one driven by the suspects before the burglary. Paddy and Cook were in the car and were both taken into custody.

Paddy is currently charged with first-degree aggravated robbery after allegedly holding a woman at gunpoint and stealing her cell phone in October. He pleaded not guilty to that charge in December.

The complaint states that some of the victim's prescription medication was found in the SUV.

Paddy's and Cook's next court dates were not immediately available.

Grace Pastoor

Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or gpastoor@bemidjipioneer.com

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