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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police are investigating after a 32-year-old man entered a woman’s home, tried to leave but was pinned by the woman and held at gunpoint until police arrived.

Officers were dispatched to a residence on Sunday on the 1300 block of Fremont Street in St. Paul on a report of an attempted robbery.

According to the woman, she was washing her car in the driveway of her home and left the back door unlocked. Her daughter was sleeping in a bedroom and when she came back into the home, she saw a man standing next to her open purse.

She told police she said, “What the hell are you doing in my home?” She noticed the man, identified as Marty Mark Childs, had cash crumpled in his hand. He held the cash out to the woman and said, “Here, here’s the money. Here’s your money back. The cops sent me.”

The woman said he then tried to leave, saying he had to “get outta here.” Childs pushed the woman in the chest to try and get away, according to the complaint, but the woman pushed him back and locked the door. Childs then pushed the woman into the kitchen wall, causing her to fall and break a shoe rack, according to police.

The woman then grabbed Childs and told him he was not leaving. She allegedly pinned Childs on the floor and called out to her daughter, “Get your gun. Get out here.” The woman’s daughter saw her mother struggling with the man in the dining room, according to the complaint.

The daughter said Childs threw cash at her and said, “You can take this.” The woman held Childs to the floor at gunpoint, where he remained until police arrived and arrested him.

Childs told police he was on his bicycle when he met two men who said they needed help moving something. He said the two men told him to go to the back door of the home on the 1300 block of Fremont Street. He said he parked his bike in front and walked in. When he saw the money on the kitchen table, he grabbed it. Childs said when the woman yelled at him, he gave the money back and laid on the floor.

He said he tried to get up but the woman put her foot behind his neck and kneeled in the center of his back.

Childs was released from prison for a first-degree burglary conviction on May 21.

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