Afton man unable to negotiate his way out of burglary charge
Washington County prosecutors apparently disagreed with an Afton man who thought mutual apologies ought to spare him from a burglary charge.
Andrew Joachim, 20, is accused of entering a Lake Elmo garage Aug. 7 and attempting to steal seven snowboards. The alleged victim confronted Joachim during the incident causing him to flee the scene, according to a criminal complaint.
He was arrested at his home and taken to Washington County jail.
In an interview with county deputies, Joachim said the alleged victim chased him with a baseball bat.
But, Joachim told police, if that man were to apologize to him, then he would apologize for the burglary "and neither party should be charged with a crime," the complaint states.
Authorities didn't take Joachim up on his offer. He was charged Aug. 8 with third-degree burglary, a felony.
Joachim made his first court appearance Aug. 9 and was released on his own recognizance. He returns to court today.