Man hears intruder, winds up in jail
A Fargo man who thought someone was hiding in his house was arrested for drug paraphernalia after twice calling police to investigate. Brian Schlenker, 44, first called police shortly before 1 a.m. Monday. He told a dispatcher an intruder had bee...
A Fargo man who thought someone was hiding in his house was arrested for drug paraphernalia after twice calling police to investigate.
Brian Schlenker, 44, first called police shortly before 1 a.m. Monday. He told a dispatcher an intruder had been in the upper level bedrooms and bathroom of his house at 1124 54th Ave. S. for 24 hours, according to the dispatch log.
Police responded but didn't find anyone.
The man called again at 7:42 a.m. and told the dispatcher someone had run out of his attic, knocking him down.
Two officers arrived a second time and found Schlenker clutching a golf club. He told them he was using it for protection and that earlier in the night he had armed himself with a shotgun, Officer Chet Decker wrote in his report.
Suspicious of the man's behavior, Decker asked when he had last used methamphetamine.
The man said he had used cocaine earlier in the night and showed the officers the hollow pen used with the drug, Decker wrote.
Schlenker later said he had taken methamphetamine, too, but then said it was only cocaine, the report said.
The man asked the officers to search the house again, but no one was found. They arrested Schlenker on suspicion of the paraphernalia.
"I think the second time they came, they probably had enough of that," Lt.Tod Dahle said.
A Cass County prosecutor charged Schlenker Tuesday with felony possession of drug paraphernalia. A call to the jail for him was not returned Tuesday afternoon.
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