UPDATE: Sexual assault allegedly part of Lincoln Park ‘home invasion,’ suspect still sought

DULUTH, MN– Burglary, criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and false imprisonment charges have been filed against an 18-year-old who was allegedly one of three people who broke into a Lincoln Park home Wednesday morning.

According to court documents, Chris Coleman, 18, is facing nine charges and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. As of Friday afternoon, the St. Louis County Jail said Coleman is not in their custody.

While court documents indicate three people were allegedly involved, Duluth Police did not comment on whether they are still searching for more suspects. They added that the investigation is still active.

In the criminal complaint, authorities responded to a report of a “home invasion” on the 600 block of Atlantic Avenue around 5:18 a.m. Wednesday.

Five people were home at the time, including two adults and three children under the age of 17.

According to court documents, Coleman and the two other men entered the home, woke up some of the residents, physically assaulted them, and demanded drugs and money.

The men were given enough marijuana for one blunt before they started rummaging through the house while some of the family members sat on the couch at gunpoint.

During the incident, one juvenile was allegedly sexually assaulted by Coleman and another man.

Court records show the three men spent an hour inside the home, leaving with phones, a wallet, and a TV.

Even though the men were wearing masks, one of the victims recognized Coleman as an acquaintance. They later identified him in the Duluth Police Department’s photo lineup.

Authorities are actively searching for Coleman. He’s described as a 5″7′ black man, weighing around 150 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair.

If you have information regarding the incident, you’re asked to call the Duluth Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit at 218-730-5050.

Coleman had recently been released from the St. Louis County Jail on Tuesday, where he was booked on Monday on two misdemeanor charges, including giving a false name to police and obstructing the legal process.

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DULUTH, MN — Police have released the identity of the man suspected of robbing a home and assaulting two people in Lincoln Park early Wednesday morning.

Duluth police say an arrest warrant has been issued for Christian Coleman, 18, for multiple charges, including aiding and abetting burglary in the first degree, aiding and abetting criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, aiding and abetting kidnapping, as well as four counts of aiding and abetting false imprisonment.

If you have information regarding the incident, you’re asked to call the Duluth Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit at 218-730-5050.

According to police, two people were injured around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, when Coleman allegedly broke into their home on the 600 block of Atlantic Avenue in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The two people were taken to the hospital to be treated for non life-threatening injuries. They were released the same day.

CBS 3 Duluth heard from several residents in the robbery area Thursday morning who did not wish to be identified. One man, who operates a day care in the area, said he was concerned.

Pam Kleinschmidt, organizer of the Lincoln Park Citizen Patrol meetings, told CBS 3 Duluth that she feels a great sense of safety in Lincoln Park, adding that she believes “our reputation is worse than our reality.”

Kleinschmidt said the Citizen Patrol group has a strong relationship with the Duluth Police Department. She cited that the two organizations’ proactive patrolling and their ability to work together helps resolve any concerns within the community.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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