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Crookston man charged with burglary wanted "suicide by cop," charges say

CROOKSTON--A 20-year-old Crookston man briefly rushed at a police officer Saturday in an attempt to commit "suicide by cop" after law enforcement responded to a break-in, charges say.

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CROOKSTON-A 20-year-old Crookston man briefly rushed at a police officer Saturday in an attempt to commit "suicide by cop" after law enforcement responded to a break-in, charges say.

Santos Tito Arguelles III has been charged with first degree burglary, a felony; second degree assault, a felony; interference with an emergency call, a gross misdemeanor; and criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor; after prosecutors say he violently broke into a woman's apartment.

According to a criminal complaint, Crookston police were dispatched to the 200 block of East Johnson Place at about 5:30 a.m. on a report of an attempted break-in.

When an officer arrived, he found blood on the garage wall of the residence, broken glass and a dislodged door frame. The officer heard a commotion, announced himself and asked the parties to come out.

Police say Arguelles came out shirtless and with blood on his body, moving aggressively toward the officer, who drew his gun and ordered Arguelles to stop. Arguelles did not initially comply but did eventually get on the ground.

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The victim, who said she was in a relationship with Arguelles, told police he had come back from work and began acting angrily, at which point she shut him out of the residence. She said he broke her window and managed to get into the home while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher and disrupter her call, according to the complaint.

She said he'd briefly grabbed a large kitchen knife but then discarded it, according to the complaint. Officers said they saw the knife on a couch inside.

The victim told police Arguelles said he was going to go on a "suicide mission" when officers arrived, according to the complaint.

Officers did not observe visible injuries on the victim, but said her clothing was ripped.

In an interview at the Northwest Regional Correctional facility, Arguelles told officers he had picked up the knife but discarded it "after thinking about his actions".

Arguelles made his initial court appearance Monday. His next court date is July 6.

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