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Bare footprints in the snow lead Fargo police to suspected home intruder who triggered school lockdowns

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Fargo police responded Tuesday, March 5, to a report of a home intruder in the 1400 block of 11th Avenue South. WDAY photo4 / 5
Paul Justin Kalal5 / 5

FARGO — Fargo police arrested a suspected home intruder Tuesday morning, March 5, after a neighborhood search that included locking down two school buildings.

Officers were called to a home in the 1400 block of 11th Avenue South at 8:12 a.m. on a report of a possible burglary.

Residents of the home told authorities they went downstairs and found a man hiding who exited the home after being discovered, police said.

A perimeter was set up, and Jefferson Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson High School were placed in lockdown as officers searched the neighborhood for the intruder, police said.

Police spokeswoman Jessica Schindeldecker said officers followed footprints in the snow that were made with bare feet that led to a home in the 1300 block of Ninth Street South.

A resident allowed police inside, and a suspect was found to have barricaded himself in a bedroom.

Police reported at about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday that they had captured the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Paul Justin Kalal. No address for Kalal was available.

He was being held in the Cass County Jail Tuesday afternoon. Burglary charges against Kalal are pending, police said.

Dave Olson
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