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St. MIchael Man Faces Charges of Robbing Cab Driver

Paul Kilian, 23, is facing assault and robbery charges after allegedly assaulting and robbing a cab driver in Otsego. Wright County deputies used police canine "Buck" to apprehend the suspect.

A 23-year-old St. Michael man has been arrested and recenlty made his first court appearance on charges of simple robbery and simple assault after he allegedly "hit" and took money from a cab driver early Sunday, Sept. 11.

Paul Stephen Kilian, 23, St. Michael, was arraigned on three charges on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and will make his next court appearance on Tuesday, Sept. 27 in Wright County District Court.

According to a report filed by the Wright County Sheriff's Department:

A report of a robbery was made by a cab driver at 70th Street and Large Avenue in Otsego around 4:33 a.m.

Upon arrving, two Wright County Deupties made contact witht he cab driver, Sarur Hassan, who said that he had been hit over the head and some money was taken out of the cab.

Hassan said he'd picked up a white male on Lake Street in Minneapolis and drove him out to a home in the 11000 block of 72nd Street in Otsego. He said the cost of the ride was $93, and the man, whom Hassan dsecribed as a male, 22 to 30 years old, white with blonde hair, hit him and grabbed his cash, then ran.

There were ripped bills in the back of the Rainbow Cab vehicle from a struggle for the money, one of the deputies noted.

Hassan said he was unsure of how much was taken, but that there was a $20 on top of the pile that was gone and at leas $200 missing.

Deputy Robb Mossman and canine Buck arrived on scene to track the suspect's path. Buck followed a trail ending at a nearby home, and circled a vehicle parked in the driveway. Inside the car, a white male matching the cab driver's description was asleep.

The report continues that the man was approached by police and was identified as Paul Stephen Kilian, 23, St. Michael. Kilian told officers he was in Minneapolis, but had taken a cab ride to the bars, not home. He said he did not recall arguing with a cab driver, but did remember running from a cab because he was "mad at the driver."

Deputies then spoke with Tegan Lenneman, who stated he, Kilian and a "couple other guys" had gone to some Minneapolis bars the night of Sept. 10. Lenneman told the officers the group had left Kilian downtown because "he did not want to go home." He stated the only way he knew Kilian could have gotten home was by cab.

Simple robbery carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and/or $20,000 fine, according to state law.

paul kilian September 28, 2011 at 05:07 AM
The cab driver said he was "hit" not beat. He lied and said he was robbed of some money to try and get a couple hundred dollars out of the deal. There were no injuries to the driver because he was never touched. I never told police I remember running from the cab, and my hair is brown not blonde. This story is so far from the truth it is scary.
Sarah Maurer Hansen September 28, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Paul, the story says the information came from the police report. Additionally it would appear the police officers found enough merit to the story that they arrested you. How can this be if the truth is so different?
Daniel Long September 28, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Appearantly "Mom" thinks it is impossible that the cab driver may be lying, and that it is also not possible for the driver to stage the event. I wish that had much faith in humanity, but I use common sense. Going by your logic, no one has ever been wrongfully arrested, which is awesome.
Mike Schoemer (Editor) September 28, 2011 at 09:51 PM
I'll make the edit to corroborate to the police report.
Sarah Maurer Hansen September 29, 2011 at 03:00 AM
I am not so naive as to believe that one of the parties is lying. The fact that their stories are so very different makes me certain that is the case. However, I also know that police generally do not make an arrest unless they feel reasonably confident that the crime was committed by that person. Quite frankly, there is too much at stake for the officers to make an arrest without gathering facts from both sides. We hear words and phrases such as "suspect”, “brought in for questioning" and "person of interest" all the time. An arrest shows this was taken a step further. I am assuming Mr. Kilian is innocent until he is proven guilty. My question pertained to how far apart the two versions of the truth appear to be. Unfortunately for Mr. Kilian, an arrest shows he is currently more than a person-of-interest in the case.
Susie September 29, 2011 at 03:17 AM
what do you get out of sitting on the computer and gossiping about people you don't even know and say whether they are guilty or not...
marie September 29, 2011 at 05:05 AM
Get a life woman!
Patty October 05, 2011 at 03:14 AM
Comments, like some above that have not heard or read all the reports, come to the conclusion that something really bad must have resulted from a person catching a ride from the cities to the country. Maybe, just maybe, we should hear "all" the facts before coming to such conclusions. I am sure once all the facts have been presented, We will really understand what happened. Lets just let the system be the judge, not anyone who knows little about the TRUE facts!
Logan Reitzner October 07, 2011 at 12:38 AM
I would like to believe that the cab is a liar because pauls a good guy.

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