MANKATO — One guy allegedly walked into a woman's kitchen, apparently intoxicated, and demanded a taco for breakfast.
Another man wandered into an apartment full of sleeping people early in the morning, threw a fan, helped himself to a beer in the kitchen and stopped in the bathroom to use some lotion before going into an occupied bedroom to play Guitar Hero.
Those two men were charged with first-degree burglary as a result of the Sept. 13 allegations. A woman who lives downtown said she doesn't understand why two more people — a man and woman she says walked into her house and started having sex in her bedroom last weekend — aren't facing the same charges.
Colleen Lindberg told her brother to call 911 at about 2:15 a.m. Sept. 14. She had been downstairs using the bathroom and getting a drink of water when she heard a female voice in her backyard, she said.
Her house at 310 E. Cherry St. is along the path of people walking home after downtown's bars close, so she assumed someone was "using my yard as a urinal again." That suspicion changed when she heard a noise on the third floor of her house, which is an attic that had been converted into a bedroom. That bedroom is her bedroom.
"I heard my patio door open and I said, 'This isn't good,'" Lindberg said.
At that point her brother, Bernard Lindberg, went out the front of the house with a flashlight. The house was once a duplex, so wooden steps were built outside to meet fire codes. There is a small landing at the top of the steps outside a door to Colleen Lindberg's third-floor bedroom.
"Bernie was shining a light on the stairs and he said he didn't see anything," she said. "So I said, 'If they're not on the landing, they're in my bedroom. Call 911.'
"I went up the stairs inside and I could hear them in my room. They were in my room starting to have sex."
Colleen Lindberg said she turned the lights on in her room by using a lower-level switch. She walked up the stairs yelling at the man and woman, telling the couple to get out of her house. They didn't listen at first but eventually went out the third-floor door, she said.
When a police officer arrived at the house, he caught the couple coming down the steps. They admitted to making out on the landing but denied going into the house.
The incidents that happened the previous day resulted in the suspects being arrested, brought to jail and charged with first-degree burglary. One of those suspects was caught inside the house.
Police were called to a residence on Agency Road at about 2:30 a.m. A man at the apartment reported he was sleeping on a couch when another man, later identified as 20-year-old Olok Lero Olok of Mankato, woke him by punching him on the shoulder. Olok allegedly started throwing things around the apartment, waking several people who were sleeping there.
After making his rounds through the kitchen to drink a beer, the bathroom for some lotion and into the bedroom to play video games, Olok became aggressive when people in the apartment attempted to force him to leave, according to the criminal complaint. A police officer reported Olok was aggressive with him during the arrest.
The man who walked into a residence on State Street and demanded a taco was not caught inside the house. He was walking nearby when he was arrested by an officer responding to the 7:45 a.m. call. The woman in the house said the burglar had entered through an unlocked door. She didn't report anything being stolen, the complaint said.
Garrett William Baldwin, 22, of Mankato, told the officer he was hungry and allegedly had no other explanation for being in the State Street residence. He also said he had been at downtown bars with friends until about 1 a.m. and didn't remember anything after that until he woke up on a couch at another residence. Baldwin said he assumed the couch was at a house where there had been a party.
Another person contacted police after his State Street neighbor told him about the burglary. He gave the officers a cellphone he found near a couch on his porch. The officer called the telephone number Baldwin had given him. The call went to the cellphone, the complaint said.
The officers who responded to the Lindberg home said they couldn't charge the couple there with burglary because they had no evidence the couple entered the house and, if they did, there was no evidence they had any criminal plans, according to police reports.
The Lindbergs told the officers the lock on the door was broken, but an officer reported he checked the lock and it worked. The officers also reported there was no evidence the bed had been messed up.
"Colleen stated (the male) had not had any pants on and that he and (the woman) had been having sex," officer Audrey Burgess said in her report. "I had a strong suspicion this allegation was false as I had prior knowledge of Colleen's health issues and know she has great difficulty getting up."
Colleen Lindberg doesn't agree with the assessment. She said she has complications from diabetes, but the best bathroom for her to use is on the first floor.
The male officer who checked the lock spent several minutes working on it and fixing it, she said. The bed wasn't messed up because she had stripped the sheets off before the police arrived. She thought there might be some evidence they could use.
"They weren't making out on the landing," she said. "They were making out on my bed, nice and comfortable. I saw him get out of my bed and pull up his pants and underwear. It was a full moon that night."
Police are at the Lindberg house regularly. They have been called there a dozen times since February 2012, but only three of those calls, including the burglary report, are from this year, according to Department of Public Safety records. Lindberg said she doesn't bother calling any more because the late-night problems downtown aren't going away.
The man and woman caught at the Lindberg house, who are not being named because they weren't charged with a felony, were cited for disruptive intoxication and allowed to leave with friends who could care for them. The man had a blood-alcohol concentration of .27, well over three times the legal limit of .08 for driving. The woman had a BAC of .17, more than twice the legal limit for driving.