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Convicted felon charged after standoff with Grand Rapids police

A convicted felon was charged with one felony count of burglary in the first degree in Minnesota District Court in Grand Rapids Monday.

Steven Lee Carpenter, 25, of Detroit Lakes, was one of two people arrested Sunday following a two-hour standoff with police in Grand Rapids.

According to the criminal complaint and police:

A man returning to his apartment on the 600 block of Pokegama Avenue North about

2 p.m. Sunday found the security chain latched. He forced his way into his own apartment and was confronted by an unknown male who said, “We didn’t take any of your guns,” before running out the backdoor.

The apartment resident discovered several items — including a 9 mm pistol with two 10-round magazines — were missing.

An officer followed foot tracks from the apartment and saw a person matching the description of the intruder. When the officer called to him, the suspect fled on foot into a nearby residence.

According to Grand Rapids police, officers set up a perimeter around the residence and identified two suspects — an adult male and a juvenile male — who were inside the building. A crisis negotiator made contact with the suspects and was able to get them to exit the residence at about 4:30 p.m. They were arrested without incident; no injuries were reported.

Law enforcement officers found the missing handgun — with a full magazine, loaded, with a round in the magazine and the hammer cocked — in the apartment, the complaint said. The gun was found near a backpack that contained identification for the juvenile and other items missing from the victim’s apartment.

Carpenter and the juvenile gave conflicting stories to officials, according to the complaint. Each said he was in the apartment where they are staying when the other ran into the apartment with the handgun before police surrounded the building.

The Itasca County Attorney’s Office attorney who handles juvenile cases was not immediately available to answer whether the juvenile arrested would be charged.

Carpenter’s criminal record includes a 2012 conviction for felony burglary. According to the complaint, he is on supervised probation for the offense, and has violated his probation multiple times.

Bail for Carpenter was set at $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions. His next court appearance is set for Monday.

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