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Intoxicated man smashes way through senior facility in Bemidji

By Crystal Dey / Benidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Windsong Catered Living resident was the victim of an unpleasant wake-up call Saturday morning when she encountered a man banging on her patio door.

Sean Foster Heideman, 25, of Centennial, Colo., was arrested for first-degree damage to property in an occupied dwelling for breaking windows and going on a destructive search for his uncle at the Windsong facility in Bemidji -- an uncle who lives in Colorado.

A nurse at the Windsong Catered Living Facility reported receiving a page from a residence in the building at 4:45 a.m. Upon responding, she observed broken glass near a doorway and encountered Heideman who left the facility on foot.

At approximately 5:05 a.m., officers from the Bemidji Police Department responded to the catered living facility on Anne Street Northwest in search of a man with long curly hair wearing a black jacket, according to the criminal complaint. Heideman, matching the description, was found intoxicated and walking in a ditch near the Sanford Medical Center.

Court documents state officers found an exterior glass door to the victim’s apartment at Windsong shattered. The victim told law enforcement once Heideman was inside her apartment, he located her apartment door leading to the rest of the facility and left.

Throughout the facility, officers observed a hallway window broken with a toilet tank cover, another window broken presumably when two coffee makers were thrown at the glass, glass on vending machines smashed with a metal chair and broken flower pots on the floor in the hallway, according to court documents. Damages appear to be several thousand dollars, authorities said.

Heideman was arrested and transported to the jail where he agreed to a preliminary breath test, which indicated a blood alcohol concentration of .204, according to the criminal complaint. Heideman told law enforcement he had consumed alcohol that night and remembered being in a hallway and being encountered by a woman about why he was there. According to court documents, Heideman said that he remembered that he was visiting his uncle. However, Heideman, told law enforcement his uncle lives in Colorado.

The criminal complaint states that Heideman remembered being encountered by officers on Anne Street and although he could not remember causing the damage, he was willing to pay for any damages.

Officers were later dispatched to Peak Performance regarding property damage to windows. Security officers viewed Heideman on video surveillance throwing rocks at the windows.

Heideman faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for causing damages in excess of $1,000.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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