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Police reports: Sex trafficking investigated at Red Roof, assault by brick, more ...

NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

- Police were called July 30 to a home in the 600 block of Esther Lane for a report of someone burning garbage. A woman at the home said she was burning brush and was given a verbal warning by police.

- A caller reported July 31 that someone had left a dog in a vehicle parked at Summit Orthopedics, 2090 Woodwinds Drive. An officer found a small dog barking and panting inside the vehicle, which had its window left open about 7 inches. The owner came out and said she was almost done with her appointment and that the dog was “just anxious” because she wasn’t there. The officer advised the woman of the Minnesota law prohibiting pets being endangered while alone in vehicles and told her to let the dog out and water it before she went back inside. The officer had a parking lot attendant monitor the situation after leaving.

- Police were called July 29 to the Red Roof Inn for a report of sex trafficking discovered through a listing for an “escort.” The incident is part of an ongoing investigation related to possible sex trafficking originating in New York. A 54-year-old woman was arrested and jailed on suspicion of prostitution-related charges.

- Workers at the Red Roof Inn reported sexual solicitation on Aug. 1. Two males at the motel were soliciting a juvenile female for sex. Police made contact with the suspects, who were unregistered occupants of a motel room there. They denied the allegations and agreed to sign the registry. Police were called shortly after for the suspects causing problems with a Red Roof worker. Police left, but were called back five minutes later for a report of the suspects becoming unruly while seeking a refund from the motel. They returned to their room after being told police would evict them if given trouble again.

- A caller reported Aug. 1 that two people were seen having sex at 4 a.m. inside a vehicle parked at Ecowater Systems, 1890 Woodlane Drive. An officer visited the vehicle and the occupants, a St. Anthony man and a New Richmond, Wis., woman, admitted to having sex there. The suspects had been parked there since an earlier traffic stop for no insurance, license plates and a title transfer violation. They told the officer they had planned to stay parked there “until a decent hour” before calling family for help. The officer warned them about the lewd conduct.

- A St. Paul man reported Aug. 1 that he had been assaulted the previous night by a woman somewhere in Woodbury. The man, who was being treated at United Hospital in St. Paul for a dislocated elbow and head trauma, said a woman had thrown a brick at him.

- A resident in the 600 block of Landau Drive reported Aug. 1 that someone stole her flower pot, which contained flowers. The pot and its contents, which had been placed in front of the complainant’s garage door, were valued at $150.

- Police were called at 2:17 a.m. Aug. 3 to Regatta Drive for a woman lying in a front yard. A complainant reported there were people in his front yard standing around a female. Officers learned the woman, a Woodbury resident, had “way too much to drink” and had vomited “all over her sober cab’s car.” Another sober driver arrived to pick her up.

- Police were called Aug. 4 to the 1800 block of Regatta Drive for tenants trespassed from a residence attempting to remove property. The property manager said the renter had until that day to remove all her belongings, the rights to which would be relinquished if the deadline passed. After sorting out the disagreement, the woman was told to come back the next day, where she could retrieve any sentimental belongings that had been left behind.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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