‘I tripped over ’em’: 911 transcript from Sen. Nicole Mitchell’s arrest released

The caller claimed to be armed with a "little steak knife" and was unable to make out the burglar because it was "completely dark."

Nicole Mitchell/Becker County Jail

A 911 transcript provides new details on Democratic Sen. Nicole Mitchell’s arrest Monday morning on burglary charges.

“I tripped over ‘em. Ah, he was on the floor next to my bed. He ran downstairs into my basement,” the 911 caller, presumably Mitchell’s stepmother, told the dispatcher.

The caller claimed to be armed with a “little steak knife” and was unable to make out the burglar because it was “completely dark.”

“I don’t know what the hell is going on. My god,” the caller said.

According to a criminal complaint filed against Mitchell, officers arrived at a Detroit Lakes home after receiving a call that “somebody had broken into a residence.” Upon arriving at the residence, officers found the adult female who reported the incident, and that adult female said the suspect was in the basement, the complaint says.

When the officers searched the basement, they found Mitchell dressed in black clothing and wearing a black hat, the court filing says. Additionally, the complaint states that a flashlight was found nearby which was “modified so as to control the amount of light emitting from the flashlight.”

Mitchell was placed under arrest, the court filing says. While detained, Mitchell reportedly addressed the adult female who reported the incident, saying, “I was just trying to get a couple of my dad’s things because you wouldn’t talk to me anymore,” the complaint says.

The document also states that officers found a backpack which contained Mitchell’s driver’s license, Senate identification, a cellphone, two laptops, and Tupperware.

“Office Wothe searched for Mitchell’s point of entry into the house. He observed a window on the south wall of the basement and a black backpack stuck in a small sliding window,” the complaint says.

After being read her Miranda rights, Mitchell reportedly said, “I know I did something bad.” The complaint also says Mitchell explained that her father had recently passed away, and her stepmother, the adult female who reported the incident, had cut off contact with her and other family members.

In a statement released on Facebook Tuesday, Mitchell denied “stealing” and claimed she “startled” a relative with Alzheimer’s when she entered a home she has “come and gone from countless times in the past 20 years.”

An ethics complaint was filed against Mitchell in the Minnesota Senate Wednesday.

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