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Victim reports burglary days later, Breezy Point man charged

Victim tells police he can take care of himself, as to why he reported the crime days later.

Crow Wing County Judicial Center, Brainerd

A 39-year-old Breezy Point man faces burglary charges after breaking into a residence and allegedly taking cash and using a yellow-handled crescent wrench and a steak knife to assault a victim.

Benjamin Gregory Nelson, 39, was charged Friday in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd for felony first- and second-degree burglary. The charges stem from an assault reported at 1:56 p.m. Aug. 25 to the Breezy Point Police Department.

According to the criminal complaint filed, the male victim stated Nelson and Nelson’s girlfriend sent him multiple text messages on Aug. 20 stating they planned to come to his residence and steal cash from him. The man went to sleep and woke up and saw Nelson standing over his bed. Nelson punched him in his head and upper body and struck him with the crescent wrench, the complaint stated. As the man tried to get out of bed, Nelson placed him in a chokehold causing him to almost pass out. Nelson forced the man into another room where Nelson thought the victim stored his cash. As they walked by the dining room table where steak knives were left out, Nelson grabbed a knife and moved it toward the victim in a stabbing motion. The victim jumped back however the knife still struck and entered his abdomen. While Nelson was looking in the closet where the victim had $800 cash, he was able to run out of his home to his neighbor's house. On the way, the victim observed Nelson’s mother seated in the driver's seat of a vehicle in his driveway.

Benjamin Gregory Nelson
Benjamin Gregory Nelson

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Five days later on Aug. 25, the man went to the Commander Bar and saw Nelson’s mother and asked her where he was. The mother said he was nearby, the complaint stated, and at that point the victim went to the police department to report the incident.

The man explained to police that he did not go to the police earlier because he knows how to "take care of myself.” The Breezy Point officer observed and photographed multiple areas of bruising on the man’s upper arms, torso, neck and face. The man also had bruises and lacerations on his torso, back, abdomen, face and back of his head.

Police went inside the victim’s residence and observed damaged drywall and blood stains in the bedroom. The office also located steak knives in the kitchen sink which the man said he moved there while cleaning up after the incident.

The officer also took a statement from the man’s neighbor, who confirmed the man came to his residence covered in blood and out of breath and told him what happened.

The officer also spoke with Nelson’s mother who said Nelson asked her for a ride to the man’s home. She said Nelson was inside the residence for 10 minutes before the man came running out with blood on his face. She said her son did not tell her what happened.

Police located Nelson who told them he confronted the man about money he believed the man had stolen. Nelson admitted to punching the man one time, the complaint said.

Nelson, who has since posted bond and was released from jail, has his next court hearing set for Dec. 9.

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Benjamin Gregory Nelson
Benjamin Gregory Nelson

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