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READ: Charges in Alleged Fridley Home Invasion with Knife on East River Road

Nathanial Joseph Shellito, 18, of Arden Hills, burst into the home to 'get a lot of pills,' prosecutors said.

The criminal complaint in the home invasion on East River Road early Wednesday alleges that the 18-year-old defendant told police he was there to get "a lot of pills."

Nathanial Joseph Shellito, armed with a knife, said he expected two others who were with him to join him in the attack, according to the document; instead, they fled. (A multi-agency search, reportedly involving a helicopter and the stoppage of freight trains on nearby tracks, wasn't successful in finding the other suspects.)

Shellito told police the three were from two different gangs that were working together to make money. He didn't know the victim he cut and bruised in the face, he said.

Click on the PDF thumbnail to read the statement of probable cause by Detective Zak Chlebeck of the Fridley Police Department. The statement begins with this (house address redacted):

On October 10, 2012, at approximately 1:13 a.m., Fridley Police Officers were dispatched to 62XX East River Road NE, City of Fridley, Anoka County, Minnesota, regarding an assault.

Then the statement continues with the text shown in the PDF.

The pending charges are:

  • Count 1: Burglary in the first degree
  • Count 2: Assault in the second degree
  • Count 3: Assault in the fifth degree (bodily harm)

The individual counts carry potential penalties that range to as much as 20 years in prison and fines of as much as $35,000.

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