St. Cloud City Hall squatter busted again in violent home burglary

St. Cloud City Hall squatter busted again in violent home burglary Click to Enlarge Photo:

Oct 5, 2011 at 10:10 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A homeless man already facing charges connected with a series of break-ins at St. Cloud City Hall earlier this year is back in jail, this time following a violent burglary attempt in a St. Cloud home Monday, according to a St. Cloud police spokesman.

William Levi Brim, 22, was arrested at the scene of the burglary and assault at the home on the 800 block of 4th Street South in St. Cloud just before 7:45 p.m. Monday, St. Cloud police Sgt. Jeff Janssen said.

According to seven witnesses inside the home at the time, Brim entered through an unlocked door, then demanded cash from the homeowners.

Janssen said Brim assaulted two residents and grabbed some money before fleeing the home. However, Brim returned moments later, chasing one victim with a Leatherman-style multi-tool, then picked up a hockey stick and brandished it at all the residents before destroying several items in the living room.

St. Cloud police officers arrived and arrested Brim at the scene.

Brim was being held in the Stearns County Jail on one count of felony burglary, seven counts of felony 2nd-degree assault with a weapon and two counts of misdemeanor 5th-degree assault as well as one count of misdemeanor theft and property damage.


The six residents of the home and their guest were not hurt during the incident, Janssen said.


Brim was already charged with second-degree burglary in connection with a New Years weekend break-in at St. Cloud City Hall. Brim could face up to 10 years in prison for that crime, which is still awaiting trial.


Investigators said analysis of the crime scene discovered fingerprints found on a water bottle deposited in a trash can and more taken off furniture in City Hall offices were linked to Brim. City workers returned from the New Year's holiday to find someone had rummaged through several City Hall offices, stealing food and other small items from employee offices and desks. The thief also did about $1,000 worth of damage.


Brim is also believed to be the suspicious man seen by a City Hall worker around an air vent in the building back in January. The City Hall building was evacuated and closed for the day as St. Cloud police officers conducted a room-by-room search. No suspect was located.


Brim is well known around the St. Cloud downtown area and was a frequent visitor to area homeless shelters. He has had several run-ins with officers in the past as well as previous arrests, including an assault count.

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