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Forum News Service, Published August 06 2013

Bemidji man arrested after being found in woman's bathroom

BEMIDJI, Minn. - A Bemidji man broke into a woman's home early Saturday, broke a towel rack in the bathroom of the master bedroom and urinated in the toilet, according to Bemidji police.

Lance Francise Day, 24, was arrested not far from the home, in the 1200 block of Minnesota Avenue Northwest, just after 5 a.m. Saturday. He was arraigned Tuesday in Beltrami District Court on one count of second-degree burglary and was being held on $10,000 bail, an official at the Beltrami County Jail said.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Beltrami County Attorney's Office, the woman, who lives alone, heard the bathroom door shut and opened it to find Day. The bathroom is only accessible by walking through the woman's bedroom. After discovering Day, the woman told him to leave and walked him downstairs before calling police, the complaint stated.

Police said Day entered the home by slicing open a screen door on the front porch. After he left, police found Day walking with a knife.

The complaint does not list any items taken from the home. But police found a broken towel rack in the bathroom, and there "was urine and toilet paper left in the toilet by the suspect," the complaint stated.

Day does not have a criminal history in Minnesota, according to the state courts website.