A Burnsville man has been charged with breaking into a neighbor’s apartment, then cleaning up the blood he left behind because he didn’t want her to be frightened.
Robin Maldonado, 19, is charged with felony second-degree burglary, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
He was also being sought on outstanding warrants charging him with felony theft and violating probation on a 2011 conviction for tampering with a motor vehicle.
Maldonado remains in the Dakota County Jail on a $25,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled May 29 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called to an apartment building in the 14600 block of Portland Avenue South on May 2 on a burglary report.
Officers spoke to the victim, who said she came home from work and found her bedroom window broken, with blood all over the window and the floor.
She spoke to her neighbor, Maldonado, and noticed that he had a large cut on his right arm, according to the complaint. Maldonado admitted to the victim that he had broken her window and climbed inside her apartment, the complaint says.
Police interviewed Maldonado, who said he went to the victim’s apartment to speak to her, but when she didn’t answer, he went to her bedroom window and pushed on it. He admitted that he pushed too hard, and the window broke and cut his arm, according to the complaint.
Maldonado told police that he fell inside the apartment and tried to clean up the mess so the victim wouldn’t be scared. He said he took a shirt to cover the cut on his arm.
However, Maldonado’s roommate told police later that he found a wallet belonging to the victim in the hallway closet of their apartment, according to the complaint.