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Stabbing suspect smoked meth before assaulting, stabbing girl

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester police say the man arrested for stabbing a 12-year-old girl had sexually assaulted her after smoking meth before the incident.

Dillon Caudill, 31, used a key to enter his girlfriend's apartment in the 200 block of 6th Avenue Northwest just before 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police Lt. Casey Moilanen says that's when he walked into a bedroom and sexually assaulted his girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter. She screamed and the girl's mother woke up. She then tried to get Caudill out of her daughter's bedroom. A struggled ensued and that's when police say Caudill stabbed the 12-year-old girl with a scissors.

Lt. Moilanen says Caudill took a knife before leaving the residence. He told police he wanted to kill himself. He had a self-inflicted puncture wound in his upper torso but it wasn't serious enough for him to be taken to the hospital. 

The 12-year-old girl is in stable condition and investigators say she may go home in the next few days. Her mother did not have serious injuries.

Police believe Caudill moved to Rochester from Colorado late last year. He was charged with robbery, terroristic threats and home invasion in Colorado.

Earlier on Tuesday, police had surrounded Caudill's residence on 3rd Avenue NW. Seven hours later, the Emergency Response Unit entered Caudill's apartment but couldn't find him.

Caudill remained at large until a police officer recognized him walking along Marion Road near 16th St. SE at about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday. He was arrested without incident.

Caudill is expected to make his first appearance Friday in Olmsted County District Court.


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester police have arrested the suspect in the stabbing of a 12-year-old girl.

Rochester police found 31-year-old Dillon Caudill walking in the area of Marion Road SE and 16th Street SE in Rochester.

Caudill was arrested without incident at about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Rochester police said Caudill allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old girl in the chest in the 200 block of Sixth Avenue Northwest at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

There was a struggle, and at some point, police said Caudill allegedly stabbed the girl and assaulted the mother. Caudill was an acquaintance of the mother, according to police. He fled before officers arrived.

Rochester police and the department's SWAT unit went to the 300 block of Third Avenue Northwest, where they believed Caudill was. A police dog led officers to an apartment building at 307 Third Ave. NW. Officers evacuated the apartment building to try to make contact with Caudill but he wasn't there.

Rochester police said the trail hasn't run cold.

"This was actually the tactical response," said Capt. John Sherwin. "There's always investigative resources that are taking place behind the scene. We have officers checking other locations, but the way we coordinated our response to this location, we had a strong belief that the suspect was here."

The girl was taken to Saint Marys Hospital. Her condition is unknown. The girl's mother was hurt in the assault but police said her injuries weren't serious. 

A motive for the stabbing hasn't been determined.


ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) --  Rochester police are searching for the man believed to have stabbed a 12-year-old girl in the chest overnight.

Rochester police and the department's SWAT unit went to the man's residence in the 300 block of 3rd Avenue Northwest but he wasn't there.

The stabbing happened in the 200 block of 6th Avenue Northwest at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Rochester police said a girl and her mother were inside when an acquaintance of the woman entered the house.

At some point, he stabbed the girl in the chest and assaulted the mother. The man fled before officers arrived.

The girl was taken to Saint Marys Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police. The mother was hurt in the assault but police said her injuries weren't serious. 

A motive for the stabbing hasn't been determined. Police have not released a description of the suspect.

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