Arrest warrant, charges issued for suspect in Lincoln Park home invasion
An arrest warrant was issued Friday for an 18-year-old Duluth man suspected of assaulting two people early Wednesday morning when a Lincoln Park home was robbed, the Duluth Police Department announced Friday morning.
Christian Hamzah Coleman, 18, is charged with three counts of aiding and abetting burglary in the first degree, aiding and abetting criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, aiding and abetting kidnapping and four counts of aiding and abetting false imprisonment.
A criminal complaint filed Thursday said "Defendant Coleman's whereabouts are currently unknown."
According to the complaint, Duluth police responded to a report of a robbery on the 600 block of Atlantic Avenue in Duluth at 5:18 a.m. Wednesday where three men, one with a handgun, had just left. The men were demanding the residents of the house — a woman, her boyfriend and their three children — tell them where the marijuana and money were, the complaint said.
There was only enough marjiuna for one blunt found at the house, the complaint said.
"The three men were in the house for about an hour looking for drugs and money," the complaint said. "Having found nothing, they left with just phones, a wallet, and a TV."
During that time, the family was forced to sit on the couch at gunpoint, the complaint said.
Asked if police had identified the other two men, Deputy Chief Laura Marquardt declined to comment. Statements by the police made prior to the complaint did not indicate multiple suspects were involved.
"I cannot comment on the two other men at this time, other than to say we are actively investigating this matter," Marquardt said in an email to the News Tribune on Friday morning.
Two people living at the house were assaulted and taken to a local hospital with what authorities described as non-life-threatening injuries, police said Wednesday. They were both treated and released.
According to the complaint, Coleman and another unidentified man are accused of sexually assaulting one of the victims, two other victims were allegedly pistol-whipped in the head and another was hit in the face and choked.
A victim who recognized Coleman told police the suspects thought she dealt drugs, but she said that while she did smoke marjiuana, said she did not deal drugs.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the Duluth Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit at (218) 730-5050.