St. Cloud man holds butcher knife in attempted robbery, police say

A St. Cloud man is in being held in Stearns County Jail after breaking into a home Friday night, armed with a knife and attempting to rob two homeowners, the St. Cloud Police Department reported.

Michael Joseph Gothier, 47, broke into a St. Cloud home on 17 St. south. When the 55-year-old man and woman arrived home they encountered Gothier holding a butcher knife and demanding money, the report said.

Gothier was arrested at 8:13 p.m. Friday as officers arrived on the scene, responding to a report of a burglary in progress. He was taken into custody at Coborn’s on Cooper Avenue south.

Gothier faces charges of aggravated robbery, as well as simple robbery concerning an earlier incident that same day near the St. Cloud Library, according to police. No injuries were reported.

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