Traffic stop leads to 13-year-old burglary arrest [UPDATED]Published 10:56am Friday, May 24, 2013 Updated 10:56am Friday, May 24, 2013
A Pelican Rapids man is in jail for an alleged burglary 13 years ago after police pulled him over for a traffic violation recently.
At about 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, Nelson Nery Escamilla, 31, was pulled over by a State Trooper for speeding on State Hwy. 210, according to the criminal complaint. He allegedly identified himself as Javier Leon Navarro, born Jan. 14, 1982, after hesitating for several seconds. He also reportedly said he’s never had a driver’s license in any state.
Upon a check by the trooper, no information came up for that name. Then Escamilla said his birthdate was April 2, 1984, and again no information came up, the report said.
The trooper thought Escamilla was lying and said he’d take him to jail, according to the report. Escamilla allegedly provided his real name once he was in the back of the squad car.
Once they determined his real name, the trooper discovered Escamilla was one of three who allegedly broke into a woman’s Pelican Rapids trailer home at about 3:30 a.m. July, 29, 2000. The woman reportedly woke up and found Escamilla and another man in her bedroom.
About a block away, the duo tried to get into a 16-year-old girl’s bedroom window, saying the cops were looking for them, the report says. Escamilla was one of two men eventually found hiding in another woman’s trailer, and the third was not located, according to the report.
Escamilla was charged in July 2000 in Otter Tail County District Court with two counts of felony first-degree burglary, misdemeanor trespassing, misdemeanor fourth-degree damage to property and misdemeanor liquor consumption by a person under age 21. He failed to appear at the hearing.
Escamilla was also charged Monday, May 20 with gross misdemeanor giving a false name and date of birth to a peace officer and misdemeanor driving after revocation. He appeared in court for both cases. The case from 2000 will pick up where it left off.
Escamilla’s next court appearance in both cases is scheduled for June 3.