NU man faces six felony charges

BROWN COUNTY — A 19-year-old New Ulm man faces six felony charges and two misdemeanor charges stemming from an April 13 Milford Township burglary report.

Felony charges including two counts of first-degree burglary, second and third-degree burglary, threats of violence and fifth-degree drug possession-not small amount of marijuana plus two counts of misdemeanor assault were filed against Alex J. Blickem, 411 Garden St. N., New Ulm, in Brown County District Court April 15.

Bail was set at $15,000 without conditions, $3,000 with conditions Thursday. A court appearance was set for 8:30 a.m. April 20.

According to court documents, Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Fairbairn was dispatched to a burglary in progress at 20657 U.S. Highway 14, Milford Township at 10:30 p.m. April 13. At the residence, Fairbairn noticed an older man running out of the house. Asking for his name, the man replied his name and “he attacked me.” Fairbairn told the man to stay by the squad vehicle while he entered the residence.

Inside the residence, Fairbairn announced his presence several times while searching the main floor. Fairbairn found a an unresponsive male who appeared to be unconscious lying on the floor of a main floor bedroom.

The man became conscious and repeatedly said “Blickem.” The man was identified as Blickem through face recognition and checking with dispatch.

Deputy Schwarzrock found a plastic bag with a white, crystal substance on Blickem who was moved to a bench in the residence entryway for observation purposes, before Allina Ambulance arrived.

Seeing Blickem, the residence owner positively identified him as the man who forced his way into his residence without permission.

The property owner told Fairbairn he heard a whining, screeching sound outside, while he was on the phone with his brother. The property owner said he noticed Blickem standing in a doorway, then forced his way into the residence and told the property owner he was going to kill him.

The property owner told his brother to have another person call 911, then said he tried to calm down Blickem until law enforcement arrived.

The property owner said he tried to run out the door when he saw a squad car enter the driveway but he said Blickem grabbed him and tried to wrestle him to the ground. The property owner said he got away and ran to the squad car, he was not hurt, but appeared to be visibly shaken.

Fairbairn performed narcotics identification poly-testing of the white crystal substance found on Blickem. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

Blickem was convicted of fifth-degree controlled substance possession on March 18, 2014.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.


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