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Police report: Catching a man after choke hold, arresting 2 women for assaults, finding owners of stolen packages

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

Police responded to a call about suspicious activity at 6:40 a.m. Jan. 20, along Cornelia Trail. The complainant, while in a deep sleep, heard cabinet doors opening and shutting in her kitchen. Police checked the interior of the house and found nothing suspicious. Officers also saw no footprints in the newly fallen snow, no signs of burglary, and only one set of tire tracks in the driveway -- from the complainant’s husband as he left for work. The initial complaint report alludes to the possibility that the sound originated with the numerous snowplows outside.

An assault victim called 911 at 9:27 p.m. Jan. 21. Police responded to an address along Cresthaven Trail, where a 17-year-old girl was bleeding from the head, nose and face. The victim denied ambulance transportation, her mother brought her to United Hospital, a woman was arrested for assault and gross misdemeanor theft, and a witness was questioned. The suspect called the victim and told her to come outside, which the girl did. The woman punched the victim in the face, kicked her and stole her iPhone 5S. There were several cars and many people, but one person was the alleged culprit.

Parties were fighting in the Holiday Stationstores in the 2000 block of Eagle Creek Lane at 10:49 p.m. Jan. 21. One pushed the other into the coolers several times, to which the other did not respond. The two Woodbury residents were booked at the Washington County jail. The victim of the alleged assault remained in jail on a felony drug charge out of Goodhue County. The other was cited for fifth-degree assault and released from jail. The assault suspect’s brother was involved in the altercation, but no charges were filed. And the victim’s father was also present.

At 5:11 p.m. Jan. 22, Inver Grove Heights police alerted Woodbury Public Safety to several boxes that were recovered from a dumpster in Inver Grove Heights. The officer who called said she suspected property had been stolen on Jan. 21. Woodbury police spoke with a woman who has lived in the 6800 block of Lydia Alcove for seven years. The name on the package didn’t match the name of anyone who lived at the address. Two other addresses were on other boxes. An officer spoke with a man who lives in the 2500 block of Alpine Drive. The name didn’t match a resident there, either. One of the addresses led to a victim in the 2100 block of Hemlock Blvd., where a theft of package was reported. A box with gray and purple boots from DSW, valued at $40, and a box containing ASP safety fundamentals flash cards from Amazon, valued at $58, were expected but never arrived via U.S. Postal Service and UPS. Police asked the victim if she would report anything suspicious.

A resident along Ashwood Road reported scratching noises on the apartment door at 4:10 a.m. Jan. 23, and the resident suspected someone was trying to get in. When he looked through the peephole on the door, he saw someone running down the hall. Small scratch marks were left on the door. Although there was no evidence, witnesses nor suspects, the resident notified building management. Police advised the resident not to wait to call 911 about suspicious activity.

At 11:01 a.m. Jan. 23, a 15-year-old was observed opening the door of a running vehicle in the 7700 block of Dunmore Road. Less than two minutes later, the suspicious juvenile was gone upon police arrival.

Police responded at 9:20 p.m. Jan. 24 to Woodbury 10 Theatre for a complain of exhibition driving. Officers watched as the driver, a boy, crossed the parking lot at 30 mph, engaged the emergency brake and spun out. Other cars and people were present in the lot. The juvenile said he didn’t know it was illegal to do doughnuts. He was cited, and his father was notified.

A piece of material caught fire in a lab at the 3M building along Woodlane Drive. Woodbury Public Safety arrived at 10:17 a.m. Jan. 25 to find the small fire had been put out without a fire extinguisher. No assistance was necessary.

At 11:04 p.m. Jan. 25, along Bielenberg Drive, officers apprehended a man suspected of felony domestic violence by strangulation. The victim exited church to find the father of her baby in the victim’s vehicle. He allegedly choked her and fled. A Woodbury K-9 team tracked footprints in the fresh snow, but the suspect had a 20-minute head start and police lost the trail. Police found the man upon checking the area a short time later.

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