Braham man arrested for burglary

A Braham man is facing charges after breaking into a home during the early morning hours of Aug. 26 while the owners were sleeping.

Jordan Bleau Paro, 19, appeared before Judge P. Hunter Anderson on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in 10th Judicial District Court in Cambridge where he was charged with felony, 1st degree burglary of an occupied dwelling. Bail was set at $20,000 without conditions or $10,000 with conditions and his next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 27.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Aug. 26 at 3:17 a.m. the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a burglary in progress at an occupied residence on the 200 block of Beechwood Avenue North in Braham.

Upon arrival, Deputy Jonathan VenderVegt spoke with the homeowner, who stated he was sleeping when he was awoken by his dog. He got out of bed and walked to his kitchen, where he noticed the light was on.

Upon walking into his kitchen, the homeowner saw Paro wearing a striped polo shirt and shorts standing in the kitchen. Paro then fled the scene once he was confronted by the homeowner.

He said he ran after Paro as he tried to leave his house. Paro ran out of the house through a door between the house and garage and began to run west toward the train tracks. The homeowner said he then saw Paro running southbound on the railroad right-of-way.

Officers from the Braham Police Department and the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist in setting up a perimeter.

Deputy VanderVegt began to search the area with his K-9 partner Kojak, who immediately tracked an odor toward the railroad tracks. He began to track southbound on the railroad tracks as the homeowner had stated.

Kojak tracked southbound for about 200 yards when he turned east into the back yard of a residence. As they tracked to the area of Beechwood and Central Avenues, Deputy VanderVegt heard a noise to the east, just south of Central Avenue, found Paro and arrested him.

When interviewed by law enforcement, Paro said he was out walking with some local kids from town when they talked about “car shopping”—looking for cars to steal.

Paro said another person entered the home while he stood in the front doorway as a lookout. He said he got scared when he saw the police cars arrive, and decided to hide in the woods. He said he knew what he did was wrong and wanted to apologize to the homeowners.