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Silence Shattered With Early Morning Break-In

By Staff | Jun 11, 2015

Officer Bommersbach

On June 5th, the early morning silence was broken at 3:30 a.m., according to Police Chief Rose of the Rugby police department. At that time, an intruder kicked in the door and shattered a glass window to gain entry to an occupied dwelling on the north side of Rugby. The occupant of the home heard the break-in and called 911.

The suspect, one James Joseph Pochant, fled the residence on foot. The responding officers were Officer Bommersbach, who was on duty, and Officer Monroe, who was called in to assist in locating the suspect.

Both officers are from the Rugby Police Department. The officers were able to pick up the trail of blood left by the bleeding suspect. They followed the trail to another residence where they ascertained that the female residing there knew the suspect and gave him a ride to his home. The officers proceeded to the address given to them and that is where the officers found the suspect and subsequently made the arrest. The suspect James Joseph Pochant did require medical assistance from his wounds that he presumably suffered at the break-in.

Pochant has been charged with breaking and entering of an occupied dwelling with intent to burglarize at night, North Dakota Statute: NDCC 12.1-22-02, a Class B Felony. A Class B felony carries up to 10 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines. Nothing was reported missing by the resident of the property. In addition, it was further determined that the suspect was highly intoxicated at the time of the incident, and that possibly could have created mitigating circumstances, but nothing has been determined as of this time. The suspect was released on a $2,500.00 surety bond. The suspect is due again in court on June 16th at the Pierce County Courthouse for an initial appearance. The suspect lives in Rugby.

It should always be remembered that there is a presumption of innocence given to anyone charged with a crime, and that a suspect should be considered innocent until proven guilty by a judge or by a jury of their peers.

Officer Monroe

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