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Hibbing man charged with burglary, assault after being caught in Carlton County home

A Hibbing man has been charged with burglary, assault and interference with an emergency call after a Thomson Township resident confronted him in his home on Jan. 24.

William Peter Lushenko
William Peter Lushenko

A Hibbing man has been charged with burglary, assault and interference with an emergency call after a Thomson Township resident confronted him in his home on Jan. 24.

William Peter Lushenko, 44, was formally charged with first-degree felony burglary, third-degree felony assault, gross misdemeanor interference with an emergency call and misdemeanor receiving stolen property before Judge Robert Macaulay in Carlton County Court on Monday.

Macaulay set bail at $30,000 bond or $3,000 cash and imposed a no-contact order. Lushenko requested that Macaulay consider lowering that bail amount, but the judge denied his request, pointing to other burglaries in neighboring jurisdictions in which Lushenko is a suspect.

Lushenko applied for and was granted a public defender. He is being held at the Carlton County Jail.

According to the complaint filed in the case, Carlton County Dispatch received a call about 12:10 p.m. on Jan. 24 regarding a burglary in progress in the 200 block of Canosia Road in Thomson Township.

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Officers said they arrived and found the homeowner struggling with an intruder, later identified as Lushenko. The homeowner told officers he had been in the basement of his home when he heard a faint knock on his front door. A short time later he walked upstairs and found Lushenko in his daughter's bedroom.

As the homeowner called 911, Lushenko began punching him, but the homeowner was able to hold Lushenko down until officers arrived, the complaint said. Following the incident, the homeowner reported that he had probably broken his hand in the altercation with Lushenko.

According to the complaint, Lushenko at that point admitted to entering the home and admitted to having stolen license plates on his truck, which was found outside the home in the driveway.

Officers also found in Lushenko's truck a box of coins that had been reported stolen from a home in Hibbing, the complaint said.

Lushenko is scheduled for an omnibus hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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