MANKATO — Burglary and assault charges have been filed against a man who drew several squad cars to a Mankato neighborhood last week after allegedly assaulting two police officers.
The officers were responding to a report of a suspicious person in the 1400 block of North Fourth Street at about 10:40 p.m. Thursday when they found out the man was hiding in his ex-girlfriend’s house. The woman, who had a court order telling 47-year-old Michael Allen Andersen of Mankato to stay away from her, told the officers Andersen had dashed inside her house as the officers were arriving.
The initial call had been made by a neighbor who had seen a man walking around outside the residence before he knocked at the door.
Andersen allegedly attempted to escape when he was found hiding in the house’s small basement. The officers reported he had dashed past both of them before they were able to tackle him at the top of the steps.
That’s when a struggle started that resulted in one officer losing an earring and the microphone for her police radio. That officer reported Andersen was repeatedly on top of her during the struggle, which made it difficult for her to breathe. Andersen also attempted to take a tazing device from the other officer, according to the criminal complaint.
Even after that officer was able to get control of the tazer and use it, Andersen allegedly continued to struggle. Several officers eventually arrived and were able to put Andersen in handcuffs.
The woman later told police she had been staying at her parents’ house because Andersen had been harassing her since she broke up with him earlier this month. She described one incident where Andersen yelled at her and attempted to pull her away from the patio area at the Circle Inn bar in North Mankato.
There was another incident where Andersen was following a male friend of hers in North Mankato at 2 a.m. on Friday. She said that incident had been reported to police there.
During another incident on Sept. 16, Andersen allegedly showed up at her parents’ house in Mankato. He was arrested and charged with stalking. He posted an $8,000 bond for his release Tuesday after he appeared in court for the charge. Andersen had been given a domestic abuse no-contact order while he was in jail. He also was told his conceal and carry permit had been revoked and he was required to turn in his handgun, the complaint said.
The woman said one reason she answered the door when Andersen knocked Thursday night was to tell him to turn in his gun. Andersen allegedly told her he gave the gun to someone else so he didn’t have to turn it in. The two officers pulled up while she was still talking to him on the porch and that’s when he ran inside, the complaint said.
Andersen is facing felony charges of first-degree burglary, stalking and fourth-degree assault of a police officer.