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St. Cloud man faces charges for alleged knifepoint robbery

WILLMAR -- Devin Delbert Donald Blom, 21, of St. Cloud and formerly of Cosmos, made his first appearance Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court on multiple felony charges for allegedly robbing a man at knifepoint in his home near Willmar.

Unconditional bail was set at $100,000. No conditional bail was all-owed. His next court appearance is Oct. 9.

Blom is also facing felony ch-arges in Meeker Co-unty for drug sale and possession and fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle. He is the man law enforcement officers searched for in a cornfield west of Grove City in late August. His next appearance on those charges is Oct. 24.

The Kandiyohi County charges include three counts of third-degree burglary, theft, aggravated robbery, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor criminal damage to property. An affidavit of restitution seeks $20,000 in damages in the case, including more than $11,000 in coins and silver and more than $8,000 in medical costs.

According to the complaint, a man called law enforcement around 7:30 a.m. July 8 and said that he had just been robbed at his home along U.S. Highway 71 south of Willmar.

The man said he had heard tapping on a window pane around 6:30 a.m., but fell back to sleep. He woke up about 30 minutes later to find someone crouching in the hallway just outside of his bedroom door. The person jumped him and pulled a blanket over his head. The man said the person demanded money, jewelry, guns and shells.

The man and the burglar fought and the burglar found a knife in a drawer and held it to the man's throat, demanding that he open a safe where coins and books were stored. The man complied and the burglar took about $11,500 worth of coins.

Officers found that entry to the home was gained through a kitchen window and were able to lift fingerprints from the window frame. The prints were matched by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to Blom. The homeowner also identified Blom in a photo lineup.