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Woodbury man faces two felonies

A Woodbury man pleaded not guilty last week to two felonies, including charges that he knowingly violated predatory offender registration.

Bennie Chapman Jr., 41, was arraigned June 2 on one count of drug possession and one count of knowing- or intentional-notification failure.

Police arrested Chapman last month after investigating activity at Red Roof Inn.

A warrant had been issued for Chapman's arrest after a check of his Woodbury residence revealed he no longer lived there. A woman at the residence said Chapman was barred from living in the Copper Oaks Trail house because it would put her foster license in jeopardy.

The woman said Chapman was homeless.

Chapman was required to register as a predatory offender with the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. His Minnesota criminal record includes a 2009 conviction for violating a no-contact order within 10 years of a previous conviction.

Chapman pleaded guilty in 2008 to third-degree assault and in 2003 to false imprisonment - both in Ramsey County.

According to a criminal complaint, police came across Chapman's name May 14 while checking the hotel's registry. Chapman was listed as a guest in a woman's room there, police said.

Officers conducted surveillance on the room and identified a man they believed to be Chapman. Police observed Chapman leave the hotel in a vehicle driven by the woman he had been staying with.

He was taken into custody after a traffic stop. While searching him, police found a plastic container with a hard, white substance inside it that Chapman admitted was crack cocaine, the complaint states.

Chapman was being held last week in Washington County jail on a $10,000 bail.

He has a June 30 court hearing and a tentative July 18 jury trial date scheduled.

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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