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Rochester man charged with felonies for attempted break-in using a brick

A 10-count criminal complaint has been filed against a Rochester man accused of throwing a brick through a glass patio door to try to enter his former girlfriend's apartment early Saturday.

She was hiding in the bathroom with a friend.

Police were called about 2:30 a.m. Friday to the woman's residence in the 1700 block of Fourth Avenue Southwest.

Police noticed that a rear window and the windshield of a car parked outside were smashed. A brick was found on the front passenger seat. The brick used to break the sliding glass patio door was found in the kitchen.

Shane Aaron Doxtator, 25, no street address, was arraigned in Olmsted District Court on Tuesday. He is charged with two counts of felony attempted first-degree burglary; one count of felony pattern of harassing conduct; one count of gross misdemeanor damage to property; two counts of gross misdemeanor harassment; misdemeanor violation of no contact order; misdemeanor domestic assault; misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer; and misdemeanor trespassing.


Defense attorney Bill Wright urged Judge Nancy Bostrack to set a conditional bail of no more than $25,000. He said that while the charges are serious, "the victim in this case is at fault and has been encouraging contact" by Doxtator. 

The prosecution asked for unconditional bail of $100,000, noting that Doxtator has two pending criminal cases in the county and that there is a no-contact order in place. He was charged in December with domestic assault by strangulation and making terroristic threats, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor domestic assault. Those involve the same victim.

He was charged in February with fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

He has pleaded not guilty to all of those charges and asked for jury trials, which are set for August and next year.

The judge set unconditional bail at $100,000. Doxtator returns to court April 19.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman told police she saw Doxtator try to open a window where a screen had been removed. She said she pulled down on the window to prevent him from getting inside. She said he then went to the glass door, grabbed a brick and held it up as though he were going to throw it while she was standing on the other side of the door. She said she ran to the bathroom and called police, and the brick went through the glass door. 

When officers arrived, they had the victim call Doxtator's cell phone. An officer heard the phone ring, saw a cell phone light up in the tree line east of the apartment building and heard Doxtator talk to the woman. Police arrested him in a nearby motel parking lot.

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