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Inmate from Farmington charged with property damage at jail

An Farmington man has been charged with criminal damage to property while an inmate at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings.

Robert Alan Young, 19, has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal damage to property after he apparently damaged the sprinkler head in his cell Jan. 12.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies were dispatched to the jail on the report of criminal damage to property. The Hastings Fire Department was dispatched to the jail in order to turn off the fire alarm and the sprinkler system. The department's cost was more than $1,100. Dakota County Facilities Management was called to replace the sprinkler head.

Initially, Young said he threw his shoe at the sprinkler because he was angry with the jail staff. He later said he was standing on a chair in his cell fooling with the sprinkler head and a part popped off causing it to spray large amounts of water.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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