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Baby-sitting dispute may have prompted home invasion

AURORA — A dispute over baby-sitting money may have led to a home invasion and assault Monday night in Aurora. Two people were arrested and a third was being sought.

St. Louis County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home early Tuesday after two men reportedly forced their way in and assaulted a man and woman living there with their young child.

A neighbor provided officers with descriptions of the men and the vehicle they were riding in with two females. Officers found the vehicle at the Lakeland Trailer Park south of Biwabik less than an hour later and arrested a 23-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman, both from Gilbert. They were being held at the St. Louis County jail in Virginia on charges of burglary and assault. A second man, 28, also of Gilbert, fled on foot and could not be found.

The second female in the vehicle was the juvenile daughter of the woman who was arrested. She was not taken into custody.

The home invasion and assault reportedly resulted because the suspects felt the couple owed the juvenile money for baby sitting.

“I think the amount was either $10 or $20,” sheriff’s office Sgt. James P. McKenzie said. “I don’t know if they got it.”

Formal charges against the suspects were pending.

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