MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An Andover man is facing charges for attempting to burglarize an apartment while carrying a Samurai-sword last Thursday.
Nicolas David Gomez, 18, is facing one count of burglary in the first degree and one count of issuing threats of violence.
According to the criminal complaint, just before 2:30 a.m. on May 5 Coon Rapids police officers responded to a call of an armed man attempting to enter an apartment, located on the 11000 block of Robinson Dr. NW.
Upon arrival, officers saw a smashed window and damaged doors on the west side of the building.
The complaint states that officers were able to locate a man, later identified as Gomez, on the second floor. He was holding a Samurai-style sword and a revolver.
Gomez initially ignored police until he finally resigned and was taken into custody.
Through further investigation police learned Gomez knew the two men in the apartment he was attempting to get into.
The residents told police that earlier in the evening Gomez and his ex-girlfriend had been trying to contact them. They went to bed and woke up to Gomez pounding on the door.
When one of the residents went to the door, he saw Gomez pointing a gun at the peephole.
According to the criminal complaint, officers then spoke with Gomez’s ex-girlfriend who told them he felt threatened by the men in the apartment.
Gomez had told her he was going to kill the men before they killed him.
The criminal complaint states she drove Gomez to get his sword and then to the apartment complex. During that time, Gomez and the woman decided he should not kill them but rather rob them.
Officers said the damages to the west side door, window and door to the apartment would cost roughly $800.
If found guilty of both charges, Gomez could face up to 25 years in prison, a $45,000 fine or both.