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Red Lake man pleads not guilty to burglary

BEMIDJI—A Red Lake man accused of entering a woman's house, punching her in the face and stealing her purse pleaded not guilty to a first-degree burglary charge Monday.

Court documents say Derek Jon Paddy, 21, was arrested June 21, three days after the burglary was reported. David Cook, Jr., 20, of Bemidji, was also arrested and charged with first-degree burglary.

According to a search warrant affidavit:

Beltrami County deputies received a report of the burglary at about 6:30 p.m. June 18. Deputies arrived at the victim's home at the 3300 block of Windy Hill Lane Southwest and saw that her face and knees were injured.

The victim told the deputies that she had sold methamphetamine for an "extended period of time," and that when a friend had stayed the night at her house in June she had seen a large amount of money from the meth sales.

Later, the victim got text messages from the friend asking to visit. A few minutes later, a maroon Dodge minivan drove into her driveway but did not approach the house. The victim said she saw three men, who she met in her yard and told to leave. The men went back to the maroon SUV and returned with the victim's friend.

The friend then went back to the SUV, after which two of the men forced the victim into her house while the third acted as a lookout. The victim reported she was punched in the face and kicked in the body as the men demanded money. They took a purse with about $185 inside.

The victim said Cook was one of the assailants, and picked out Paddy's photo from a lineup, though she did not make a positive identification.

Paddy and Cook were arrested three days later after Bemidji police pulled over a maroon 2003 Dodge Durango with Red Lake plates reading "PADDY." Paddy is also charged with, and pleaded not guilty to, first-degree robbery after allegedly holding a woman at gunpoint and stealing her cell phone in October. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Sept. 5 for pretrial hearings on both charges. Cook is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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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