Homeless couple face felony charges

Stolen vehicle found downtown

NEW ULM — A homeless man and woman, Nathaniel G. Owens, 37, and Kylie K. Denault, 19, were charged in Brown County District Court Friday with felony 5th degree drug possession ofmarijuana and aiding and abetting receiving stolen property.

In addition, Denault was charged with misdemeanor receiving stolen property.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police were notified that a vehicle with a Wisconsin license plate had been parked in a parking lot behind a business at 214 N. Minnesota St. since 5:30 a.m., June 12, when an employee reported it. The vehicle’s license plate was checked and came back listed by the Marshall Village, Wis. PD as a stolen vehicle, a 1997 Chevrolet Venture.

Police noticed the vehicle was parked in an area covered by the business’ exterior security camera. It was towed to the police department’s secure impound lot.

After talking to Marshall Village Police, New Ulm Police learned the vehicle theft suspect was Nathaniel G. Owens. Police had contact with Owens and a female, Kylie Denault on June 12. Owens was arrested on Blue Earth County warrants at the time, but was later released to New Ulm Medical Center after he claimed he ingested controlled substances.

Police met with a business employee who allowed them to view June 11 security camera video showing the suspect vehicle pulling into the city parking lot, then the business’ parking lot. A black man wearing a baseball cap exited the driver’s seat and a white woman exited the passenger seat. Police recognized the two suspects from prior contact. The two people soon returned to the vehicle, then left it again, walking north down an alley.

On June 13, Police picked up five bags of property from the lobby of Broadway Haus Apartments that was left by Owens and Denault. The items were taken to a police dept. squad room. Wisconsin police advised a three-month supply of prescription medication was stolen in conjunction with the vehicle theft.

In one bag, police found an imitation Sig Sauer 1911 co2 air-gun (handgun) without ammunition, a plastic revolver with black barrel and brown hand grip, a red container with a glass pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana and a plastic cigarette case with three baggies containing a variety of prescription pills; two plastic bags with a white, powdery substance, one of which weighed 2.9 grams and tested positive for methamphetamine.. The second substance weighed .5 grams.

At 12:10 p.m., police were patrolling near Highway 15 and Bridge St. when a white woman and a black man were seen walking in the parking area south of Jensen Motors on South Highway 15. Police later saw Owens and Default near the Cottonwood River access under Highway 15.

Police arrested Owens for motor vehicle theft. In an interview with police, Denault said Owens picked her up two days ago in the vehicle that was reported stolen, which she said was not stolen, just borrowed. Denault said she knew Owens was previously a drug dealer but she thought had stopped. She said she stole the prescription pills from a male friend.

Owens and Denault are in custody in the Brown County Jail. Owens bail was set at $75,000; Denault’s at $15,000.