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Dead ends frustrate police in search for burglar

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Finding the armed man who entered a Farmington home and held a father and daughter at gunpoint has been the top priority for Farmington police since the Sept. 14 incident. The investigation, though, is frustrating officers.

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Detective Mark Sundgren says the case is coming along slowly. Police are getting calls daily, and they are following up on those tips. So far, though, none of the tips has panned out -- somehow, every time police chase down a potential lead, they follow it to a dead end. Stories add up, and police cannot go any further on that lead, so they move on to the next, only to come up empty again.

"We have not received a lot of good tips, not at all," said Sundgren. "It's very frustrating."

Police were able to retrieve physical evidence at the home, and that has been forwarded to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis. It will likely take a few weeks before those results are available, Sundgren said.

"We rely on physical evidence, witnesses and confessions," he said. "We have physical evidence ... but we don't have a lot of witnesses. At 3 p.m. on a Sunday, nobody sees anything. No car, no bike, nothing."

That is one of the biggest frustrations for investigators, he said. Police canvassed the area near the home on 195th Street and Everest Path, but most neighbors said they did not see anything suspicious happening that afternoon.

"Nobody saw anything. That's just amazing," he said. "We're seeking the public's help. Somebody knows something, but we have to wait for that information to come forth."

On Sept. 14, local police were called to a home at the 19400 block of Everest Path, where a resident reported he and his daughter were held at gunpoint by a man who had entered their home with the intent to burglarize it. The suspect was in the home for seven to 10 minutes and demanded cash. The homeowner gave the man what cash was available, and the suspect left the home.

The suspect is described as a black man in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing about 195 pounds. He was wearing black shoes, black pants and a black jacket that was possibly leather. He was carrying a small handgun.

One sketch of the suspect has been done, but police are not releasing it because it is not entirely accurate. Another sketch will be done later this week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Farmington Police Department, 651-463-3333.

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