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2nd suspect charged in Pequot Lakes home invasion

Mason Vale Headlee
Mason Vale Headlee

The second man accused of posing as a police officer, forcing his way into a Pequot Lakes residence and sexually assaulting a woman has been formally charged for the crime.

Mason Vale Headlee, 28, Brainerd, was charged Friday, Oct. 25, in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with four felonies -- first-degree criminal sexual conduct using penetration, third-degree criminal sexual conduct using force and two counts of first-degree burglary with a dangerous weapon and of an occupied dwelling; and gross misdemeanor of impersonating a peace officer.

The judge ordered bond of $500,000 with no conditions or $200,000 bond with conditions to include no contact with the victim, he cannot leave the state, remain law abiding, make all future court appearances, cannot enter any bars or liquor stores, cannot be in possession of alcohol or drugs or be in possession of firearms or dangerous weapons. As of Tuesday, he continued to be in custody. His next court hearing is Nov. 14.

The criminal charges come after the Pequot Lakes Police Department received a report of the home invasion at 9 p.m. Oct. 20 on the 3700 block of Crow Wing County Road 168 in Pequot Lakes. Police reported two men drove up to the residence, identified themselves as police officers and forced their way into the residence. Once inside, one of the men made multiple threats to the woman and then sexually assaulted her. It was later learned the two suspects initially went to the house to assault the male homeowner, who fled the residence when the two arrived.

The other suspect -- Jeremy Duane Haff, 39, Pequot Lakes -- was charged Thursday in Crow Wing County District Court with two felony counts of first-degree burglary with a dangerous weapon and of an occupied dwelling and gross misdemeanor of impersonating a peace officer.

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According to the criminal complaint, a woman reported she had been sexually assaulted. The woman stated two men broke into the cabin she was in. Once inside, Headlee threatened, coerced and sexually assaulted her. She stated the men identified themselves as police officers and threatened to arrest her if she didn't comply. She stated she was fearful of what would happen if she didn't comply because of the situation and said people have gone missing and were later found dead in the area, the complaint stated.

During the interview, the woman said she heard a truck driving up the driveway, at which time the male homeowner left. She got up, locked the door and laid back down on the couch. She heard knocking on the door and someone saying "PLPD." A short time later the door was kicked in and the two men entered asking where the man was.

The woman told the investigator she didn't think they were real police officers, but she didn't feel she had a choice and she didn't know what would happen if they took her with them, so she did what they told her to do, the complaint stated. She said something much worse could have happened had she not complied.

Jeremy Duane Haff
Jeremy Duane Haff

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